You likely remember the threatening voicemail John Dennis left for Ryen Russillo back in 2005. It still gets referenced on WEEI from time-to-time, and people bring it up to Dennis occasionally on Twitter. It seemed to been put on the back burner after Russillo gained a national name for himself working alongside Scott Van Pelt on ESPN Radio.
Around mid-day today, Russillo tweeted the following (All Russillo’s tweets on this matter have since been removed.)
That was followed by this: [blackbirdpie id="165918998570082304"]
To which Russillo responded:
Russillo is referencing when he was hired to join the Patriots radio network pre and post-game shows, and then was abruptly let go, without explanation.
Dennis responded: [blackbirdpie id="165945895303655424"]
SVP = Scott Van Pelt. Dennis is saying that Russillo’s co-host apologized for him, and said Russillo was out of line.
There was a final response from Russillo:
And nothing further from Dennis. Probably wise on his part. Why extend this out any further?
As you expect, BarStoolSports, who was involved from the beginning, is all over this: Ryen Russillo Vs. John Dennis Round II….Ding, Ding, Ding!
A couple of the major sports blogs have latched onto this story:
John Dennis Says ESPN’s Ryen Russillo Is A “Stumbling Drunk Alcoholic” – From Deadspin.com.
Here’s an account from David Scott back in 2005, where he calls the original episode a “transparent attempt to gain attention on the part of Russillo.
However this ends up, it was a nice diversion the night before the Super Bowl.