Mike Francesa says he tried to be "fair" in his...

Mike Francesa says he tried to be "fair" in his dealings with the Jets, but also admitted he's not giving them the benefit of the doubt. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

I spoke to Mike Francesa this morning to follow up on Rieber's piece in Monday's Newsday about Joe Girardi having second thoughts about appearing daily on WFAN this season.

Here is what he said:

"I knew for a long time that [WFAN operations manager Mark] Chernoff and Joe's agent were negotiating this deal. It was discussed with me on numerous occasions. I was told it was done for a very long time.

"Finally I was told [by Chernoff] I could announce it [on the air]. Then I was told [last week] the deal was off, case closed. What I announced had been agreed upon completely. It wasn't just something I went with.

"I think he just changed his mind. I know I’ve done it, where agree to something and then when you see what it’s going to do to your schedule you say, 'Wait a second, I can’t do all this.'

"What I said on the air was something I was told was completey done, solid, done deal. I was surprised [that changed]."

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