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.

4 thoughts on “A new low for ESPN”

  1. That’s pretty goddamn classless of Mr. Albert Lin. Would’ve expected this to come from a clueless intern, not someone with 10 years at SI on his resume.

    At least they did eventually take it down and apologize:
    http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/features/rumors/_/date/20110512#7612

    An apology
    5:22PM ET
    From the Editor

    “We apologize to everyone, especially the family, friends, teammates and fans of Aaron Douglas, for the tone of a post that appeared on Rumor Central today related to Aaron’s tragic death.

    “For a brief moment, we lost our sense of what matters most, and recognized and addressed our insensitivity within 20 minutes.”

  2. “We lost our sense of what matters most”? More like, we didn’t expect the bad press so now we’re being forced to apologize. ESPN has become truly pathetic.

  3. On twitter yesterday there was a funny list of satirical possible espn headlines, like “LBJ gets early opportunity to be president.”

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