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A Rant Against ESPN and the National Media

Yesterday night, I visited ESPN.com and read the headlines on the right side of the page. One caught my eye. It was a link to an article about recent Cowboys’ draft pick Dez Bryant and the history of his mother. If you haven’t heard, Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland asked Bryant in a pre-draft interview if his mother was a prostitute.

That question has now been condemned nationwide. Ireland has publicly apologized for the incident and rookie wide receiver said it was all behind now. But ESPN investigative reporters dug into the Bryant family history enough to find out that Dez’s mother was arrested for selling crack-cocaine in April 2009.

How is this news worthy? How? Can someone please explain it to me? Honestly, this has nothing to do with sports or news. Who cares if the guy’s mother was a prostitute? You got to do what you got to do sometimes. And here is the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” digging into the personal history of someone who doesn’t play a sport.

And all of this is the root of my problem with ESPN and the national media. They suck, plain and simple. All they care about are sensational headlines and taboo rumor. The same thing happened with Tiger Woods. Fortunately for El Tigre, he commands enough star power to say, “Screw you, I’m keeping it within.” And I commend him for that.

But what does ESPN accomplish by investigating? That Jeff Ireland’s question was not as far from outer space as originally thought? Maybe, but so what. It was still a horrible question and had no business being asked. So in theory, ESPN is trying to have it both ways. They want to paint Bryant as the innocent victim of racial stereotype while also delivering the juicy information.

So ESPN and the rest of the national media, how about returning the news to what it should be: the news. I’m off to freeze myself a la Austin Powers. Wake me up in a few hundred years.