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The Pivot A Part of Fanatics

  • 59 minutes 55 seconds
    Alaysha Johnson: US Track & Field Olympian on qualifying for Paris Olympics in the 100meters Hurdles, having no sponsorships, underdog journey & goals to Gold

    "I did it with no sponsorships. I did it with a black designer on my chest. I did it with a long weave and nails and lashes and everything that everyone told me was going to hold me back. I did it!" 

    Alaysha Johnson was always counted out and overlooked. But after an epic performance beating her personal-best time and capturing the silver medal at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in the 100meter Hurdles...she did it.

    This conversation on The Pivot platform resonates with the hosts and listeners to understand some stories are bigger than headlines and about making an impact, in ways that can only be felt through purpose. And on a new episode of the Pivot in partnership with Fanatics, "Lay" Johnson chats with Ryan, Channing, and Fred to uncover the Olympian's long journey to Paris, revealing this strong woman behind the inspirational athlete.

    Lay ran a 12.31-second 100-meter hurdles in Oregon to qualify for the Paris Olympics, but she describes how her path to Team USA is different from most of her teammates. She talks about the financial struggles of running track without sponsors, without access to gear, and how she had to work several jobs while training at same time before finally committing full-time to the sport. Although the road has been had and full of tears, Lay's decision has paid off, and the guys ask about how she overcame that type of pressure and underdog mentality.

    Four years ago Lay wasn’t even running track, and she talks with the guys about her range of emotions when she finally got to put Olympian next to her name. She suffers from hypothyroidism, preventing her muscles from growing back at an average rate, and describes the mentality she must have to keep working despite these physical problems. 

    Discussing the lack of money in the sport, and trying to explain the feeling of having one 12-second race dictate whether she can afford rent and pay her bills. Lay is extremely independent and without a sponsor every race matters for her since there is no guaranteed money. Yet coming from working two jobs bartending late nights and early morning work outs, Lay touches on how she doesn’t fear the normal life like her competitors do since she has always had to work for what she wants, following in the footsteps of her mother.

    Lay shares with the guys that it’s usually her against the world, but in Paris she will be repping Team USA ready to show why she is the best in the world. And in an emotional moment, Lay gets a surprise phone call to make her Olympic Experience full circle as she finds out financial help is on the way to get her mom there to watch her compete, a dream come true.

    New episodes drop on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. ET and Fridays at 3:30 p.m ET on YouTube, with audio available on all streaming platforms including Apple, Spotify and Amazon.

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    19 July 2024, 6:30 pm
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    Aaron Donald the 8x All Pro & Super Bowl Champ on first year without NFL Training Camp, talks illustrious career but opens up on the struggles masked by the highs, Sean McVay's impact, Super Bowl loss, bond w/ his wife & his next chapter

    "I am complete. It was a storybook ending." 

    Being able to walk away from any career on own terms is something we all want when we are ready for that next chapter but to say farewell to football, a game you love and dedicated your life to, feeling satisfied, complete and accomplished is truly more than one could ever dream of and after 8 Pro Bowls in 10 seasons, a Super Bowl trophy, and a decade of memories, future Hall of Famer Aaron Donald reflects on how his career was more than just football...

    Ryan, Channing and Fred sit down with recently-retired Aaron Donald, one of the best to ever put the pads on, to go through his football journey, from the 5yr old kid who just wanted to compete to becoming the respected man who led his team to two Super Bowls while having a family-first mentality of being a father and husband...Aaron opens up about much more than we saw on the outside and his process that guided him to stepping away from the game after 10 seasons.

    From the outside, Aaron Donald's career resembles as close to perfection as can be, but AD shares with the guys that there were a lot of tough moments for him mentally, personally and physically that he endured while accepting the role as not just the face of a franchise but the face of the NFL. Experiencing the lows of LA's Super Bowl 53 loss to the highs of the team's Super Bowl 56 victory, Aaron talks about the importance of him reaching that key team accomplishment in the game which surpassed all of his individual accolades he achieved. Going in-depth about key relationships from Coach Sean McVay, to teammates, to his parents to the bond he has with his wife, Aaron touches on the struggles and emotional rollercoaster during certain moments and reflects on the memories his illustrious career provided. Sharing inside locker room stories and never-told before stories, Aaron opens up on every aspect of who he is and strived to be as the player, the son, the father, the husband and the teammate. 

    On the field, the world saw one of the fiercest football players to ever play the game, but during this vulnerable conversation, the guys peel back the layers of a man who wore his heart on his sleeve and how he became synonymous with hard work and dedication to his craft, ultimately retiring as one of the best defensive players in the history of the NFL. 

    Coming out of high school, coaches thought AD was undersized, and he only had only 3 scholarship offers for football but Aaron made the most of his opportunities and played with a chip on his shoulder proving the position is about strength, skill and technique not just size. Aaron shares how he developed his alpha mentality at a young age and relied on his family, father and brothers to help instill character, work ethic and a survivor mentality which motivated his mindset from early days as a Pitt Panther through his last game as a Los Angeles Ram. 

    Walking away from what you love is never easy, but Aaron has no regrets and certainly no unfinished business as for him it was never about playing for a paycheck, it was always about the passion for the process and yearning to be the best. Entering his first summer without training camp, AD doesn't feel the void of football as he feels his life is complete in so many areas that his next chapter might be his best yet. It's about family now, as he credits his wife and kids for being a big part of his career and expresses ultimate gratitude to his wife Erica for always having his back and putting his well-being first all these years which leads to a deeper conversation about mental health, and not being afraid to open up and share when times get dark. 

    New episodes drop on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. ET and Fridays at 3:30 p.m ET on YouTube, with audio available on all streaming platforms including Apple, Spotify and Amazon.

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    16 July 2024, 3:30 pm
  • 1 hour 34 minutes
    Lewis Howes on athlete mindset, conversation with Kobe Bryant, ego vs masculinity, overcoming traumas, accountability between Ryan, Channing and Fred as the guys share their own struggles

    "Someone watching this may say what a little Bi*%h...and that's fine, a bad day for the ego is a good day for the soul."

    Today's conversation is a little different and by different we mean even better. So often we sit with our guests who open up, share their experiences for us all to take something away from it...but today, we shed our armor and allow our vulnerable sides to come through as we listen, learn and create a space for others like ourselves to be vulnerable too. Many times as men, especially athletes, we are instilled with a mentality that toughness means never showing emotion, fear or weakness. And while that can be true when playing a sport, working towards a milestone or competing for championships, it's not always the best approach with our personal and everyday lives. 

    To help guide this discussion, Ryan, Channing and Fred sit down with 2x New York Times bestselling author and top podcast host of The School of Greatness, Lewis Howes, also a former two-sport All-American athlete, as he shares the different seasons of his life, lessons learned along the way and how he pivoted from darker times to the top of podcast and book charts. But how did he get there? How did he convert his athlete mentality into motivation and transition fears into finding success in unlikely areas? What wisdom can he share with Pivot listeners and how can his words help us? Intrigued from the start....Ryan, Channing and Fred dive into a life changing conversation they never knew they needed to have. 

    With over 1700 episodes and impactful conversations with elite athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs and health and wellness experts, Lewis has set the tone in this space creating awareness, implementing techniques and he shares how his time spent with Kobe Bryant was the most impactful experience which helped shape his purpose in podcasting. Everybody experiences trauma, but not everybody learns to respond to hard experiences with a growth mindset. From sexual abuse growing up to a brother in prison, parents divorcing and a father who was in a coma for months after a serious car accident, Lewis has gone on a mission to share his story, help others deal with their traumas while exploring fears, masculinity, relationships and understanding emotions. At the end of the day, it's ok not to be ok and be open on our feelings, thoughts and struggles. 

    Being honest, the four men acknowledge that conversations like these don't happen enough (filmed or not filmed) and towards the end of the episode, Lewis takes a moment to ask Ryan, Channing and Fred about themselves and the bond each has with one another while encouraging each other to share what they see as strengths and weaknesses in their everyday lives. The three guys have a tough conversation and hold each other accountable for things they see and share their hopes for one another while dealing with some tough emotions and real-life moments. Extremely powerful as each opens up and we are drawn in as if we are a part of the conversation. "It's a lot to unpack...this is deep." Ryan Clark 

    New episodes drop on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. ET and Fridays at 3:30 p.m ET on YouTube, with audio available on all streaming platforms including Apple, Spotify and Amazon.

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    12 July 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 1 hour 7 minutes
    Amon-Ra St. Brown: Lion's Wide Receiver on big off-season, new contract & star of NFL's Netflix series, strict upbringing, family influence, 3-13 as rookie to NFC championship, Dan Campbell's leadership & 2024 goal: Detroit Super Bowl

    Detroit’s star Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown continues to make headlines with major off season moves, first re-signing with the Lions for a 4 year $120M extension and now starring in the NFL's new Netflix series "Receiver", following the highly popular Quarterback series last year, the show is expected to be a summer hit.

    Ryan, Channing and Fred sat down with 2x Pro Bowler Amon-Ra St. Brown to talk about his upbringing in a strict but motivating household, the recent surge from the Detroit Lions and how he’s utilized the chip on his shoulder from falling in the 2021 draft to becoming one of the highest paid wide receivers in the league.

    Amon-Ra shares his family history and mindset developed from a young age, always working harder and playing with a chip on his shoulder after dropping to late rounds in the NFL Draft to naming all 16 wide outs who's name was called before his using it as motivation to not allow someone's name to be called before his when it counted. Ryan talks about watching him during 7 on 7 as a high schooler and was blown away not just with his talent but his grit.

    Amon prides himself in being more of a "I can show you better than I can tell you" player as he's had a pivotal role on transforming the Lions from a 3-13 team his rookie year to playing in the NFC Championship this past season and credits the leadership of head coach Dan Campbell and tight knit locker room for Detroit's fast turn around. Falling one game short of the Super Bowl left a sting in the team's core and this offseason has been focused on starting with that same momentum heading into training camp with a roster full of talent, St. Brown knows they are a serious contender, now taken seriously in the league and have a target on their back heading into 2024 season despite still being considered the NFL's underdogs.

    St. Brown reflects on the foundations that shaped him from his unique family dynamic having a bodybuilder father, the former Mr. World, who trained him and his two brothers (one of whom also plays in the NFL), and a multilingual mother who exposed the family to diverse cultures around the globe with emphasizing education and experience. Developing a 1% mentality of always being better and outworking the next, whether it was catching 202 passes off the jugs machine daily or lifting weights with his siblings, Amon-Ra spent his life crafting his passion for football and credits his close-knit family for instilling that work ethic and determination that has now defined his NFL rise as a talented, gritty wide receiver, vying for that top spot.

    And with the release of NFL's Netflix Series "Receiver", St. Brown's stardom will continue to grow far beyond the gridiron into a household name as his story on and off the field unfolds from a young boy from Compton to now one of the highest paid Wide Receivers in the league. "Receiver" premieres on Netflix July 10th showcasing an unprecedented window into the toughest job in sports featuring St. Brown alongside NFL stars Devante Adams, Justin Jefferson, George Kittle and Deebo Samuel.

    New York City, come meet us at Fanatics Fest NYC! We’ll be recording our podcast LIVE with some special guests, signing autographs, meeting fans, taking photos and more. We’re excited to be at FFNYC alongside some of the biggest names in sports such as Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Kevin Durant, Sabrina Ionescu, and more. FFNYC is happening August 16 –18, 2004 at the Javits Center. Visit https://bit.ly/3R0f8hn to buy your tickets now!

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    9 July 2024, 3:30 pm
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    Cody Rhodes WWE Champion reveals secret to Pro wrestling, his tribute to father Dusty Rhodes & message, nepotism, WrestleMania legacy & when he will face The Rock again

    "They have to connect with you, otherwise they're watching fireworks, and we really only watch fireworks once a year." Cody Rhodes WWE Champion

    The WWE is reaching milestones and peaking at levels that haven't been reached since the old days of icons and legends in the ring due to the intriguing storylines, big names and fan loyalty that's second to none. Attending their first live WWE event, Ryan talks about the electricity in the arena and how the entire night kept you on the edge of your seat.

    Ryan, Channing and Fred invite the current WWE Champion Cody Rhodes to Fanatics Headquarters in NYC to talk about his rise to stardom, the state of the WWE, honoring his father Dusty Rhodes’ legacy, how he secured a victory at WrestleMania LX, revealing the secret to success in Pro Wrestling.

    The most recent WrestleMania showcased WWE phenoms alongside current stars, and Cody Rhodes shocked the world when he defeated Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship belt. With the return of The Rock to that massive event, Cody goes in-depth on how at one moment he thought the odds were against him to win the belt as he describes what it was like to have the biggest movie star on the planet and man who broke barriers in pro wrestling come back to challenge the throne.

    Riding the highs and lows of his career, getting to the top was a tough journey but staying there is even harder. Cody talks about his connection to the fans keeps him going, and shares a never-told-before story that provides insight into who Cody is not just as the people's champion but as a man too.

    Being the son of a former superstar is no easy feat, and Rhodes talks about honoring his father’s legacy at Madison Square Garden and continues into a conversation about nepotism in sports with the recent news of Bronny James’ being drafted to the Lakers alongside his father Lebron James, Cody describes the effects of being a Nepo child but is clear that your last name may get you recognized and open doors, but hard work and respect are what earn your spot to stay there.

    Now an Executive Vice President at AEW, Cody looks at wrestling not just from the entertainment side but studies the business side with strong focus on connections with fans and driving revenue. Rhodes talks about being the face and heel in sports, and how the good ones can be both as he is capitalizing on his beloved stardom status with a looming question, not if but when will he step in the ring with The Rock to settle the score once and for all.

    New episodes drop on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. ET and Fridays at 3:30 p.m ET on YouTube, with audio available on all streaming platforms including Apple, Spotify and Amazon.

    New York City, come meet us at Fanatics Fest NYC! We’ll be recording our podcast LIVE with some special guests, signing autographs, meeting fans, taking photos and more. We’re excited to be at FFNYC alongside some of the biggest names in sports such as Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Kevin Durant, Sabrina Ionescu, and more. FFNYC is happening August 16 –18, 2004 at the Javits Center. Visit https://bit.ly/3R0f8hn to buy your tickets now!

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    2 July 2024, 3:30 pm
  • 58 minutes 27 seconds
    Brandon Aiyuk: "I am taking it personal," the NFL Wide Receiver opens up on latest contract talks with Niners, clarifies social media posts & latest public exchange w/ friend Commanders QB Jayden Daniels & what NFL teams are on his short list for 2024?

    One of the biggest NFL off-season storylines is the contract negotiations coming from the reigning NFC Champions in San Francisco and if their star WR Brandon Aiyuk, former first round pick, will still be a 49er heading into 2024 season. Since the week after the Super Bowl, his contract has been a hot topic with constant media coverage, rumors, and social media buzz. Adding fuel to the fire, there are speculations that Aiyuk might reunite with his former ASU teammate and close friend Quarterback Jayden Daniels at the Washington Commanders… And the Pivot in partnership with Fanatics uncovers the truth and cuts through the noise. 

    In today's episode, sitting with the source himself, Ryan, Channing and Fred have a conversation with Brandon Aiyuk around what's true, what's not and ask the looming question- will a new deal be done before training camp ? Or does Aiyuk have his sights set on a short list of NFL teams he feels he can be the X factor on. Brandon explains the why behind the viral face time post of him and his long-time friend Jayden Daniels and why he's taking these contract negotiations personal while sharing his true priorities and mindset as he discusses what he believes he's worth, the significance of the big dollar-signs and how he handles the pressures of these high-stakes discussions under the public eye.

    With an unsettling sentiment and signs of discourse between the San Francisco organization and Aiyuk since the Super Bowl loss in Feb, Brandon is setting the record straight about his emotions around the loss against the Chiefs and sharing his true thoughts in his voice without any misconstrues. 

    Aiyuk gives us his perspective on the state of the league, being the next domino to fall in the contract pool of wide receivers and sharing insights on quarterback Brock Purdy, his teammates and how much talent is on this 49er roster, full understanding the grass may not be greener elsewhere but he's not closing the door on reuniting with his friend and former teammate Daniels in Washington or dabbling with other teams, ofcourse with the Steelers being one Ryan hopes is on the list.  

    Growing up in a 49ers fan home, Aiyuk has deep love for the team but also has openness to new opportunities. Tune in for an unfiltered conversation that delves into the heart of Brandon Aiyuk's current journey, his aspirations, and the roller coaster side of professional football negotiations.

    New episodes drop on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. ET and Fridays at 3:30 p.m ET on YouTube, with audio available on all streaming platforms including Apple, Spotify and Amazon.

    New York City, come meet us at Fanatics Fest NYC! We’ll be recording our podcast LIVE with some special guests, signing autographs, meeting fans, taking photos and more. We’re excited to be at FFNYC alongside some of the biggest names in sports such as Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Kevin Durant, Sabrina Ionescu, and more. FFNYC is happening August 16 –18, 2004 at the Javits Center. Visit https://bit.ly/3R0f8hn to buy your tickets now!

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    28 June 2024, 6:30 pm
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    Rich Paul: On earning reputation of most powerful non-owner in NBA, talks building sports & media empire from ground up, bond with Lebron James, Draymond Green, Anthony Davis, two-way contracts & Bronny James joins Lakers with his dad

    "So many people want to be a part of the announcement and not a part of the investment."- Rich Paul, Founder of Klutch Sports

    Less than 24 hours away from the 2024 NBA Draft and all the talk is around a potential late round draft prospect, And why? Well because of the name on the back of his jersey. 

    The sports world is currently divided over discussions about nepotism in basketball, sparked by Bronny James' announcement that he will enter the NBA draft after just one year at USC. In the latest episode of The Pivot, Ryan, Channing, and Fred sit down with Rich Paul, founder of Klutch Sports Group and super agent not just for big NBA stars and Lebron but Bronny too, as the guys go in depth for a very telling conversation from the source himself. They dive into Rich’s long-standing relationship with LeBron James, yet their separate approaches to navigating Bronny’s entry into the NBA draft and his future career. Rich is very clear, although Bronny is considered his nephew, he is treating him as he would any of the other athletes he represents, sharing the best case scenario, discussing various approaches and details what he actually means by declining two-way contracts. Rich has made a name for himself as a leader in sports business and transcending athlete representation by doing it his own way, which has raised the bar in the industry. 

    Way before Rich Paul and Lebron met, Rich was hustling and grinding his way through life, from selling jerseys out of his car to becoming a prominent CEO in sports representation. He provides insights into his journey to become one of the most influential businessmen in sports, outgrowing his title of agent through his contributions in sports and entertainment growth over the years. Rich gives perspective into his philosophy as a man, agent and friend, emphasizing his consistent yet authentic approach in managing high-profile clients like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Draymond Green as well as his female clients in WNBA led by the league's MVP A'ja Wilson.

    Rich prides himself in building strong personal connections both within and outside the sports industry and talks about how he will not only stick by his athletes through their successes, but will also stand in the rain with them when things get tough as he demonstrated with Draymond Green recently. This mentality isn't a front, it's just who Rich Paul is, and is best described in his book, "Lucky Me" about changing the odds and going against the grain to reach success: "You don't have to finish where you start," which is why he has earned the trust of the best of the best in basketball and paved the way for it to be a business built on people skills and relationships and not by mandated college degrees.  

    For continued viewing and listening of more Pivot content and unique conversations in sports and entertainment with A-list celebs, top athletes and leaders in business, Subscribe to catch new episodes of The Pivot released on YouTube every Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET and Fridays at 3:30 p.m. ET, with early release of audio available on major streaming platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

    New York City, come meet us at Fanatics Fest NYC! We’ll be recording our podcast LIVE with some special guests, signing autographs, meeting fans, taking photos and more. We’re excited to be at FFNYC alongside some of the biggest names in sports such as Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Kevin Durant, Sabrina Ionescu, and more. FFNYC is happening August 16 –18, 2004 at the Javits Center. Visit https://bit.ly/3R0f8hn to buy your tickets now!

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    25 June 2024, 3:30 pm
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    Pivot Special: Conversation around Domestic Violence with the Cleveland Browns led by Survivor Sabrina Greenlee, mother of NFL star DeAndre Hopkins, who details becoming blind by abuse and shares painful story to create awareness/impact

    A Pivot Podcast special creating conversation around Domestic Violence generating awareness and discussing preventive measures with a survivor in our NFL family, the mother of star Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

    Our Pivot purpose, is a commitment not just to have the fun conversations or interview A-list stars, but to prioritize using our platform to engage and challenge all of us, especially as men to look into ourselves, be vulnerable, be honest and be better as are dedicated to educating ourselves, fellow athletes, and our community on critical issues to affect meaningful change. In special collaboration with the Cleveland Browns, the NFL and Fanatics, we have an unguarded and tough conversation bringing awareness to domestic violence led by the inspiring story of survivor Sabrina Greenlee, mother of Tennessee Titans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who bravely shares her journey that included losing her sight to unimaginable abuse. 

    Ryan Clark often says what he does now in his 2nd act of life is far more important than what he did in his first. Although playing in the NFL is a gift fueled by passion and hard work, the platforms created from that career and how we use them is our true calling, this episode is an example of that.

    In a touching and impactful conversation had live in front of the Cleveland Browns organization, Ryan, Channing, and Fred create a space for Sabrina to speak candidly about her experiences, barring her wounds and scars both physically and emotionally as she takes us all through her life changing journey. Painful and hard to hear at times, Sabrina’s stories and openness to cut through and speak directly to the root of reality and truly move a room full of men to understand abuse in all forms and the effects it has on victims but their loved ones too. 

    Sabrina, representing mothers, sisters, daughters and all females in our lives, shares her message and preventative hopes with the team and challenges each of the men in the room to be better, wiser and leverage their NFL platform for positive change. Ryan explains how the NFL locker room is the most forgiving place in the world but also needs to become the most accountable place, checking every person to be an example. 

    She also engages in a heartfelt Q&A with players, where they discuss the impact of domestic violence on their loved ones and seek guidance on supporting survivors. We hope this episode can provide awareness for a topic that holds a place in our hearts with importance and unfortunately a necessary one to explore as we continue to minimize these types of stories and create a world of zero tolerance for abuse. 

    To learn more about Sabrina Greenlee and her non-profit organization S.M.O.O.O.T.H, visit https://www.sabrinagreenlee.coand https://www.smooothinc.org and purchase her book Grant Me Vision: A Journey of Family, Faith and Forgiveness to learn more about her touching and inspiring journey.

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    22 June 2024, 6:30 pm
  • 1 hour 12 minutes
    Antonio Brown life after NFL, dealing w/ traumas, explains his controversial social media platform CTESPN, Hall of Fame talent & parenting

    A repeat appearance on The Pivot is rare, but so is today's guest- a rare talent, a rare personality and a rare gift to authentically always be himself no matter what or who has something to say, he stands by his words and owns his lifestyle. 

    Once known for his Hall of Fame highlights on the field, former NFL star, Antonio Brown, is now equally known for his headlines away from the game in retirement. Whether it be his boisterous personality, his unusual relationships with various celebrities, his financial woes or his latest media platform CTESPN, AB is no stranger to controversy or being in the spotlight for his questionable comments and choices over the years.  

    With recent stories of Brown filing bankruptcy after earning nearly $80M during his NFL career and increasing criticisms over his social media distribution of contentious words around athletes, sports and hot social topics.  In partnership with Fanatics, Ryan, Channing and Fred sit with Antonio for a conversation covering it all, from his storied football journey, to miscues to personal evolution to public perception to what is really going on in the life of the famed football star. 

    Ryan starts the episode by addressing his former Pittsburgh teammate from a place of respect but one of genuine care and concern asking how Antonio Brown the human is holding up mentally, physically and emotionally. And in a place of authenticity and humility, AB opens up, admitting that he never realized how much trauma you go through in being great and acknowledges the pain and real traumas that he endured as a football player and in everyday life as a human being. 

    Through therapy and reflection, Antonio shares how he has been able to put his thoughts and experiences into words, which led him to creating his viral X account CTESPN. "It's always when people don't understand- you're crazy." Antonio shares with the guys as Fred points to people being worried about the former wide receiver and Channing questions if the CTESPN platform does more harm than good because of how thoughts are communicated, often radical, racial and in raw expression. He says it's for entertainment but also for honestly and accountability, as athletes face public scrutiny and media sensationalizing all the time, but when he says something, it's often criticized with a different lens as AB gives the recent example of Sports Personality Pat McAfee calling Caitlin Clark a "white B word' and it being quickly forgiving yet he feels he is held to a tougher standard for a joke he made months back. Ryan inquires further into the purpose and future of the social media platform as the group discusses the inherent challenges in balancing public perception with personal growth. 

    Turning to football, the guys talk about the tangible talents of Antonio as one of the greatest wide receivers of this era and point to his Hall of Fame eligibility coming up in 2027, the same year as his Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, in which he hopes the tandem can go into Canton together. Fred asks if his tactics off the field will taint his chance of getting a gold jacket as Antonio pushes back saying one has nothing to do with the other, "If you think AB is not a hall of famer, put on the tape."

    AB gives his thoughts on Justin Jefferson's record breaking NFL contract as well as the top 5 guys playing the position in the league right now and what skill set is most important for success on the field. Antonio addresses recent media reports regarding his financial situation. explaining in his own words and expressing how he feels misjudged and misunderstood but is embracing this next chapter of his life story, with a primary focus of being a present father, and enjoying his children being bigger, better versions of himself, what legacy is all about. 

    New episodes of The Pivot are released every Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET and Fridays at 3:30 p.m. ET on YouTube. Listeners can enjoy audio versions on major streaming platforms.

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    18 June 2024, 3:30 pm
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
    Nick Cannon on being busy Father's Day, balancing expectations, relationships and work-life with parenting, hustler's mentality to creating entertainment empire, talks Mariah, Will Smith & reaction to Diddy

    "When you see a man fall, don't laugh at him, learn from it."

    We can learn and sometimes laugh our way through life as long as we do it with respect and humility.

    Ryan, Channing and Fred sit down with media mogul Nick Cannon to talk about his journey through the music, film and TV industries as well as his life behind the scenes with 12 children and a hustle that continues to pay dividends for him.

    From stand-up comedy sets making $7 an hour with a free dinner to music producer to actor to hosting, Nick Cannon is able to do it all. And on the latest episode of The Pivot, he opens up about his upbringing, his unique mindset, managing expectations and creating a lifestyle of fame and fortune but a life often crafted by headlines as the entertainer navigates his complex personal path with a booming professional journey.

    Nick has worked for everything that he has today, and he reflects on where that sense of motivation came from, pointing to his unique childhood situation. Always on the move, he talks about early opportunities and the moments that sprung his career forward. He is most known for his juggling of many different professional hats, but he also gives insight on his family life, even swapping jokes about his $10 million testicle insurance policy. Keeping an open mind and having sone laughs with the guys, Nick speaks from the heart and with honesty about his choices to father several children.

    With 12 children from 6 different mothers, his life off-screen is a testament to his dedication and love for family. Despite the complexities, Nick sheds light on the fulfillment he finds in fatherhood, sharing moments and special ways to make Father's Day unforgettable for each and every one of his kids. With one son passing from a brain tumor at 5 months old to another growing up today with autism, he opens up about supporting each child in the best way he can to give each of his children the best parts of life and put them all in a place to experience their time differently.

    Sharing insight into his marriage with Mariah Carey and private intricacies of their relationship, Nick doesn't shy away from personal struggles he faced with his dream girl and is able to reflect, pinpointing the painful moment he realized he had to Pivot in order to regain himself.

    From creating Wild N’ Out to his days on America's Got Talent to now hosting The Masked Singer, Nick has a long list of self-accomplishments on his resume, but amidst the accolades, he remains humble, touching on how he continues to learn daily, especially from comments he made that got him “canceled.” Nick credits Will Smith as being the one person who mentored him and explains the tremendous upside of that relationship while shedding the downside of mounds of pressure put on him as well. Before wrapping, Ryan asks Nick how he handles the sensitive situations around very public Hollywood friendships he had with R Kelly and P Diddy and without hesitation but poise and grace in his tone, Nick addresses the situations directly and how he has explained the recent revelations to his children.

    New episodes drop on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. ET and Fridays at 3:30 p.m ET on YouTube, with audio available on all streaming platforms including Apple, Spotify and Amazon.

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    14 June 2024, 7:00 pm
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    Frank Martin: Undefeated Boxer on fight with Gervonta "Tank" Davis in lightweight title bout, pulling off the upset, reveals details of past sparring w/ Tank, advice from Floyd Mayweather & pressures of being underdog on June 15th at MGM Las Vegas

    No greater event than one of sport and today we are talking a real live David vs Goliath title bout as we chat with the man who knows he's the underdog but believes he's built for this moment. Undefeated Boxer Frank Martin looks to become the new WBA Lightweight World Champion pulling off the upset win over Boxing's best and biggest star, Gervonta "Tank" Davis on June 15th at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

    In partnership with Fanatics, The Pivot Podcast shares an exclusive conversation as Ryan, Channing, and Fred sit down with Frank "The Ghost" Martin as he prepares to step in the ring with Tank Davis, 29-0 and 27 KOs. Both undefeated talents in their own right, Martin opens up about being an underdog, his anticipations for the showdown, and the pivotal moments that shaped his journey to the ring.

    Despite boasting a perfect record of 18-0, Martin remains criminally underrated within his division, a fact he confronts head-on as he discusses his mindset approaching what is undeniably the pinnacle of his career. Delving into the origins of his nickname "The Ghost," Martin dissects the nuances of his fighting style and its potential and favorable impact when he faces Davis, Alluding to the last time the two fighters met in Vegas, a few years ago in a sparring match at The Mayweather Boxing Gym, Martin reveals what really transpired that day and how the man himself, Floyd Mayweather, pulled the two fighters apart after several grueling rounds. 

    Martin shares with Ryan, Channing and Fred the advice Mayweather has given him over the years and the one key piece he has kept at the forefront of his training, work when your opponent is resting and become mentally strong not just physically. Addressing the false narratives from the press conference and the trash talk spewed from his opponent, Martin turns the words into motivation and confidently tells the guys, "people think they know who I am and what I'm capable of, but have no idea, but soon they will see who Frank Martin really is."

    Calling the city of Detroit home, Martin's upbringing created his resilient mindset and unique athleticism, qualities that have raised his current status to become one of the sport's top talents and he explains how working with renowned boxing trainer, Derrick James, has edged even more, increasing his speed and athleticism to a level unlike anything Tank has experienced before.

    Martin says this moment is more than just a fight, it's for all the people who felt lost, misguided and not good enough, to know the good guy does win sometimes and this night is about the underdog. 

    Stay tuned for new episodes of The Pivot, premiering Tuesdays at 12 p.m. ET and Fridays at 3:30 p.m. ET on YouTube, with audio available on all major streaming platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

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    11 June 2024, 3:30 pm
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