This morning on its flagship show, SportsCenter, ESPN ran a series of reactions to Ryan Braun’s statement on his use of PED’s (in violation of MLB’s drug policy). The reactions had a similar theme: “Ryan Braun needs to do a news conference and fully explain himself.”
Fair enough. But if this is what ESPN is demanding from Braun, then media members ought to be getting notice of an ESPN news conference where network executives will be willing to take uncomfortable questions.
Also this morning, there was this from the New York Times: http://tinyurl.com/n7nbwfp
The story points out that after a recent meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, ESPN pulled out of documentary project with Frontline about how much the league may have knew (and ignored) about players and head injuries.
The story flat out says the NFL pressured ESPN to abandon the project. “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” said it parted ways with Frontline because of a lack of journalistic control of the final product.
Fine. But let’s hear more, in a news conference…on the record…maybe with live coverage to boot.
If your position is that high-profile players who break the rules should explain themselves in a news conference, then surely high-profile sports networks suspected of committing journalistic sins would do the very same.