BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 27: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics carries the ball against the Miami Heat during the third quarter at TD Garden on February 27, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

If it’s Boston, it must mean a feud between a player and a member of the media. It’s gone on for years whether it was Ted Williams vs. the media, Carl Yastrzemski vs. the media, Bill Belichick vs. the media or Dan Shaughnessy vs. every player he’s covered. The latest edition of this feud has Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas vs. Comcast SportsNet New England host Gary Tanguay.

Last Friday, Tanguay and Gary Dickerson went on CSN New England to call out Thomas saying he’s not the type of player a team could build around.

Tanguay then followed it up with a couple of tweets to back up his opinion:

“The other guy” reference is to a tweet from Thomas (now deleted) who said “Thanks Greg Dickerson and that other guy LOL… ‘If the hate don’t work they start telling lies’ smh.” Notice the reference from Ball Drop there.

After the Celtics win over the Utah Jazz on Monday, Thomas was asked about his feud with Tanguay and said:

“That guy is funny,” Thomas said. “The funny thing about it, he’s going back on everything he’s saying because he knows he’s wrong. I don’t know him but he’s got a bad rap on social media so that says a lot about him. But it is what it is. I told you they’ll find something to say.”

Informed that Tanguay issued an invitation to appear on his show, Thomas said, “Yeah, because he knows he’s wrong. Everybody’s on his head. He knows he’s not right.”

And Thomas added, “I would never go on his show,” Thomas said. “I don’t even know his name.”

So Tanguay who has a contrarian reputation on both sports radio and TV, continues to stir the pot and hopes his feud with Thomas will lead to an appearance by the Celtics point guard on his show, but for now, it appears that won’t happen at least for now.


About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.