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He replied on Twitter to the criticism Saturday by noting people were at least watching the show, and urging them to look up the definition of athlete in the dictionary. Fox Sports spokesman Eddie Motl denied McNabb was deliberately being controversial to draw more attention to the new network.

“This was not pre-planned in any way. This is simply Donovan expressing his opinion,” Motl said.

An opinion that Johnson debunks nearly every time he climbs into the car.