ESPN has zero competition, and so ESPN can pretty much do whatever it wants, even if it’s absolutely horrible. Never has this been on display more than a report on the showering habits of Michael Sam, an openly gay St. Louis Rams player. The backlash to the ESPN report was swift and severe, and now the network is apologizing:
ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report. Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.
Clearly. In case you missed it, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that an anonymous Rams “defensive player told me that ‘Sam is respecting our space,” and then added that other players said they didn’t track Sam’s showering habits, mostly because why the hell would they do that.
The fact that the report was allowed to air is pretty disgusting. Someone — or maybe a few people — should be fired. Of course that’s not going to happen, because ESPN is televised sports’ big bad bully, and big bad bullies don’t have to answer to anyone.
We could rant about this forever, but we think Chris Long — a Rams defensive end — had the perfect last words on the subject:
Dear ESPN, Everyone but you is over it.
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) August 26, 2014