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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pathetic Display

As many know, ESPN is the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" however, today they insulted one of the greatest players in NFL history. While covering the New Orleans Saints "Bountygate" scandal, they overlooked a sad, but important moment in the day. They took two hours to say anything about the death of a great NFL star. 

Junior Seau the once great Linebacker for the San Diego Chargers died today from what police are calling a suicide attempt. ESPN talked about the Saints and Bountygate for the entire morning. A 911 call was reported at 10 am PT. ESPN didn't mention the possibility of Seau being dead until 11:59 am, as they were CLOSING a show. Seau should be the number one thing being talked about in Sports. The argument for what should be covered is that Bountygate will have more relevance down the road than Seau's death. Guess what? That is a terrible reason to cover a set of suspensions over the celebration of someone's life.
As I sit writing this piece, Seau is being talked about and remembered on ESPNews. The problem I have is only certain people get ESPNews. Not every viewer receives that channel. Offended doesn't begin to describe the feelings that should be felt. Twitter and Facebook is how I found out, which is ridiculous considering I was watching ESPN for two-plus hours. They should have been the first one to tell the world, after all they are the "Worldwide Leader in Sports". If "Bountygate" is more important to cover than Seau's life, the world has some priorities to work out.
Seau is one of the most beloved figures in San Diego. Throughout his career he amassed 1,849 tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions with three teams. Seau played with San Diego for the first 12 years of his career, followed by three with the Miami Dolphins, and finally finishing his career with the New England Patriots from 2006-2009. Although he never won a Super Bowl, he was still loved by many people. 
From all of us here at Sports Sound-Off to the Seau family, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. To Junior, may you rest in peace.

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