Pete Golding’s dad, Skip, appeared to threaten a caller during the “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Tuesday after the caller was critical of the Alabama defensive coordinator.
“Give me his address,” Skip Golding said of Legend during the broadcast. “I’ll meet his ass because I ain’t scared. I’m from south Miami.”
Legend called the show and was critical of both Alabama coordinators before going after Pete Golding.
“I’m pissed off, dude,” Legend said. “Every Alabama game we get off scheme. Our coordinators are sorry as hell. This is the worst set of coordinators that they have had in history.”
For Finebaum, this isn’t a first. Skip Golding called the show last year.
“I think it was pretty clear what he was saying,” Finebaum told AL.com after the show Tuesday night. “I think because we’ve down this road before I was trying to get him to kind of walk it back a bit. I don’t know if he really did or not. He sounded initially like he was serious. You tell me?
“He was not joking around. I was just trying to calm the waters a little bit. A lot of people think we are trying to egg things on. We’re not. We realize there are a lot of people listening or watching. We’re not trying to encourage a father of an Alabama coach to challenge a caller, especially one that is apparently legendary.”
At the end of the call, Finebaum asked Skip Golding if his threat was serious.
“I wouldn’t give that man the time of day,” he said. “If I had to, I damn sure would. He’s not worth it. That’s what Pete’s told me. ‘He’s not worth listening to, so forget him, dad.’ Sometimes I can. Sometimes I can’t because Pete would kill me.”
Skip Golding assured Finebaum that Pete Golding won’t be happy he called Finebaum. “I’m sure he’ll call me and not be very happy I called you.”
In the end, Finebaum doesn’t believe Skip Golding did himself any favors.
“Because I do know Pete and because I do know Skip, I was trying to help him a little bit there,” Finebaum said. “He tried to walk it back, but I think most people clearly heard what he said and understood his intent. I think it speaks for itself.”
Legend added he would rather former Alabama defensive coordinator and head coach Mike DuBose than Pete Golding.
“The dude is pitiful, Paul,” Legend said of Pete Golding. “The guy has six future first-round draft picks on his starting defense, and that dude can’t stop a hobbled backup quarterback, Paul.”
Legend complained that the Alabama defensive scheme never changes. Opposing offenses know where Will Anderson and Dallas Turner are on every snap.
“Pete Golding is living on talent,” Legend offered. “If that bum was a coach or defensive coordinator at Auburn, his ass had been ran off. If he was at Kentucky, he’d been ran off.”
Skip Golding, though, has a problem with an “uninformed” caller spewing venom toward his son.
“It upsets me that he’s able to be on national TV and degrade my son, who has earned every bit of what he’s gotten when (the caller) doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I’m calling to defend my son.”
Finebaum isn’t a rookie when it comes to family members defending the sports personalities who are criticized on his airwaves.
“He’s called once or twice before,” Finebaum said. “I’ve gotten to know him. He called me about the same guy, Legend, I think, last year after the A&M game. He got my number, texted me and was really upset. So, I said let’s talk about it because he was blaming me for letting him on.
“I really essentially said what I said today, which he didn’t buy.”
Finebaum added that Skip Golding texted him even after the show Tuesday night.
“I completely respect any father defending their son and this has happened numerous times in my career,” Finebaum said. “I’ve had coaches wives call. I’ve had father’s call. This is a common occurrence in athletics. I’ve had a mother of an Alabama basketball coach come after me with a cane before.
“I’m well aware of how parents feel about their children. And I respect that, but I respect equally, or more, the right of a caller of a talk show to express his opinion without ever having been an All-American at Alabama or having a coaching certificate with the Alabama High School Athletic Association.”
Finebaum ended the call with Skip Golding asking him what he would say if Legend were there.
“You couldn’t air that,” Skip Golding said. “We’ll leave that alone. I’m in enough trouble with Pete as it is.”
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.
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