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Under The Cover Of Darkness, ESPN Finally Addresses Ben Roethlisberger Story

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The Worldwide Leader In Sports has now deemed it appropriate to discuss the allegations of sexual assault against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. According to my feed reader, this came across at 10:27 p.m. (no idea if that time is central or eastern) and from what I can ascertain, which really doesn’t say much since I’m lazy and really didn’t look too far into it, it is the first time that the story had been mentioned anywhere on the site. Granted, it is simply a wire story from the Associated Press and it is not like any ESPN reporter or columnist did any actualy reporting

See, the key word here is “criminal.” ESPN does not deem it necessary to report on civil matters – unless it involves someone that isn’t a Super Bowl-winning quarterback (or white?). Now that the magic word has been used, ESPN can now cover it from all angles. Expect Pedro Gomez on location and John Clayton’s floating head on the scene in no time flat.

I particularly enjoy the casual manner in which they address the topic – “No criminal look at Roethlisberger allegations” – appearing as if they have been covering the story the whole time – but if there happens to be poor souls out there that recieve all of their sports information from ESPN, this would have been the first time they heard about it.

“Roethlisberger accusations? What in the world are they talking about? Why hasn’t somebody told me about this???”

So, thank you, ESPN. You have made the Ben Roethlisberger story safe and accessible for the ignorant and uninformed masses. I don’t know what we would do without you.

Authorities won’t look at Roethlisberger [ESPN.com]

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