NBC Sports Blog Lifts Steel Curtain on ESPN’s Roethlisberger Rape Embargo

by matttbastard

If only the GENERAL mainstream media establishment would go after each other with this kind of righteous gusto when warranted — as is DEFINITELY the case here:

“We really don’t want our coverage of the civil lawsuit filed against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to become an exercise in the bashing of ESPN.  We’ve got some friends who work there (maybe not as many after today), and we don’t generally believe that the network is evil or corrupt or otherwise nasty.

“However, we do believe that the network is way too large for its own good, and that unless and until a true competitor emerges, it’s up to everyone else to point out those occasions when the emperor is riding both bareback and bareassed.

“The handling of the Roethlisberger case makes us wonder whether there’s a complete firewall between the business functions of ESPN and its journalistic activities.  We say this because we’re convinced that the Roethlisberger story initially was ignored due to concerns that ESPN would be jeopardizing its access to the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, who also happens to play for the team with the most loyal and rabid fan base in America.

The entire post is a must-read, take-no-prisoners smackdown that shows ESPN to indeed “be riding both barebacked and bareassed” (first uncovered by NBC Sports here). And it would seem that the spanking has made an impact, as ProFootballTalk reports in an update:

Technically, ESPN is now acknowledging the report, albeit unwittingly.  As of this posting, the “Top Stories From ABC News” box on ESPN.com’s various pages includes the headline, “Woman:  Super Bowl QB Raped Me.”

Again, if only…

h/t WAM! co-founder & Yes Means Yes co-editor Jaclyn Friedman

(Her take on the Roethlisberger rape suit and ESPN’s initial refusal to cover the story here)

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Olbermann: Alex Rodriguez Inducted Into The Apology Hall Of Fame!

by matttbastard

I really don’t give a toss about the A-Rod steroid controversy.  Am far more curious why Washington Post reporter Michael A. Fletcher felt the matter was of such national import that he asked the freakin’ POTUS for a response during Monday’s prime time press conference.

As O-Dub put it:

We’re in the middle of a fiscal crisis, two wars, and numerous other national and international issues. A-Rod could shoot up heroin, snort cocaine and disrobe during the all-star game and it would be immaterial.

Still, I couldn’t resist posting the following montage, a fitting tribute to the many insincere career-salvaging expeditions embarked upon by disgraced public figures over the years.

Watch it:

On a related note, I will never, ever tire of Jimmy Swaggart’s iconic tearful confession–even if the nostalgic indulgence in schadenfreude simultaneously resurrects the unfortunate image of him getting a blowjob in sweatpants.

My sincere apologies if any of you were eating while reading that.

(video courtesy CSPANJunkie)

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Wanker of the Day: Skating on Thin Ice Edition

by matttbastard

Keep your stick on the ice, tough guy.

Dallas Stars forward (and overpaid dipshit goon) Sean Avery:

“I am really glad to be back in Calgary, I love Canada,” Avery said after requesting the media to gather around him for a statement after the morning skate. “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don’t know what that’s about. Enjoy the game tonight.”

The “sloppy seconds” Avery was apparently referring to is ex-girlfriend (and 24 star) Elisha Cuthbert, who is now dating Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf.

Cute.

Thankfully, the NHL swiftly responded last night to Avery’s sexist douchebaggery, indefinitely suspending him pending a hearing with league commissioner Gary Bettman.

Also, good on the Stars organization for supporting the suspension:

“Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have,” team owner Tom Hicks said in a statement. “This organization will not tolerate such behavior, especially from a member of our hockey team. We hold our team to a higher standard and will continue to do so.”

Apparently there’s a new Avery Rule in the NHL: don’t “wave your lumber” at the expense of women–and check your bitter misogyny at the arena door.

Related: More on Avery from Toronto Star sports columnist Damien Cox, who wonders if “there’s a little bit of Mike Tyson in Sean Avery,” compares the “misogynistic outburst” to infamous remarks made by former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker, and finally declares that “Avery is gradually moving towards David Frost pariah-like status. Maybe he can blog on Frost’s new website [links added-mb].” Oh, snap!

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Into the Rough

by matttbastard

William K. Wolfrum provides further evidence of why those in the almost uniformly lily-white world of professional golf should avoid touching upon (or, more specifically, deliberately minimizing) the knotty subject of race. Geez, forget Kelly Tilghman — you’d hope that a decade on they’d have learned from Fuzzy Zoeller’s infamous (and totally misconstrued) “fried chicken and collard greens” incident:

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Guess not.

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