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Brandon Tierney cancels Paul O’Neill’s interview with Josh Donaldson

YES Network’s Paul O’Neill was supposed to promote his new book, “Swing and a Hit,” on Monday on WFAN, but instead never stepped up.

Tiki & Tierney, WFAN’s mid-morning show, canceled O’Neill’s appearance on Tuesday after learning the former Yankees outfielder would not speak about the Josh Donaldson-Tim Anderson incident in which Donaldson called Anderson “Jackie”.

The program had spent most of the first hour and a half on the subject, preceding O’Neill’s appearance, but was told that O’Neill would not answer questions on the subject.

Brandon Tierney made the decision, which he revealed on air when O’Neill was supposed to be on air.

O’Neill waited for a zoom to activate, as Barber completed a stitch.

Paul O’Neill in 2018

“We were supposed to have him right now and he’s on hold, OK,” said Tierney, who ranked O’Neill his second favorite Yankee of all time after Don Mattingly.

“He’s got a new book coming out called ‘Swing and a Hit’. And Jack Curry wrote it, with Paul. We were told and Tiki, you don’t even know because I was going through this while you were finishing your thought on the air We were told we couldn’t ask about Donaldson and Anderson.

“I said, ‘We can’t do the interview if that’s the case. I said, ‘Please tell Paul, we’re going to handle this responsibly. We will not dwell on it. But I can’t have Paul O’Neill on the show after spending an hour and 35 minutes talking about Tim Anderson and Josh Donaldson without asking him what happened. It sucks. No disrespect to Paul. I love it. Truly, my second favorite Yankee of all time. We have a responsibility to the show.

A message from the Post to O’Neill and the media relations contact for Grand Central Publishing was not immediately returned.

Brandon Tierney cancels Paul O’Neill’s interview with Josh Donaldson
Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber have canceled their interview with Paul O’Neill.
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O’Neill had made headlines this year. He called games from his home in Ohio, while fellow YES game announcers like Michael Kay, David Cone, Carlos Beltran and Cameron Maybin worked from the stands in stadiums. It is YES policy that on-site personnel must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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