by Andy Paschen
Disclaimer: this has nothing to do with baseball. Partially because ESPN only covers two baseball stories as it stands: Albert Pujols’ race for the triple and Roy Halladay relocating to a new area code. But I think it’s important enough to merit a post on this here Web site.
Yesterday, Yahoo!Sports reported that Ben Roethlisberger had been sued for rape in Nevada. It was a shorter news brief, but today, there is more information regarding the matter here. Now, I don’t really know what to make of the whole situation — I find it odd that the woman never filed a criminal complaint then again these types of situations are just totally fabricated for poops and laughs.
What I find more odd is that there isn’t even a peep of this story on ESPN.com. Think about that for a second. This is a Web site that covered Michael Vick’s dogfighting charges like it was the new O.J. trial. A Web site that reported on Isiah Thomas’ “suicide” or whatever he tried to pin on his daughter and T.O. not only doing sit-ups in his front yard, but his apparent overdose and trip to the hospital as well.
But Ben Roethlisberger gets accused of rape and NOTHING is mentioned? I smell something, and it ain’t Stu Scott’s eye ointment. In the Yahoo!Sports article, they mention something that caught my eye:
Meanwhile, Roethlisberger intends to stick to his plans to participate in Shaquille O’Neal’s new reality TV series. He canceled a news conference set for Thursday to promote the show, but ABC spokesman Edwin Escobar said in an e-mail Wednesday that production will proceed as scheduled Friday.
The interesting part: ABC. As in, the television channel owned by Mickey Mouse and company. As in, the same cartoon rodent that owns ESPN. Is ESPN holding the story back until Roethlsomething is on the show? It’s speculation, but I can’t imagine, with all the stories coming out of Bristol about how the news has been massaged to promote Disney/ESPN/ABC ventures, that this is much of a stretch.
Well let me tell you something Mom and the three other readers of this Web site. If this is the case, it goes against everything that journalist is supposed to uphold. And you know what? I’ve heard PR people tell me that advertising should have a say on editorial content, I’ve heard empty suits tell me that this is how the world works but I’m here to tell you that shit is flat wrong.
With this type of behavior ESPN exemplifies the very worst of journalism — a synergy of news and business with no barriers — and it pains me to watch a profession that I am loosely affiliated with get dragged through the mud.