JEFF PEARLMAN

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A new low for ESPN

I’ve had some tasteless moments in my career.

Once wrote a story about condoms, and the lede featured my girlfriend and I having sex (never ran).

Once placed a short person on the cover of my college newspaper’s April Fools issue, mocking him as the new Delaware nose tackle.

On and on and on and on.

But this, well, this is pretty remarkable. From ESPN.com …

I’m not sure if heads have to roll, but, ahem, heads have to roll. To make matters—astonishingly—worse, this was written …

For those not in the know, I’ll explain: When someone dies, sports mean nothing. N-o-t-h-i-n-g. How the loss impacts a team’s depth chart is insignificant. To evoke such a subject—to even hint at it—is deplorable.

Might be the worst judgement I’ve ever seen.