Ben Roethlisberger is Officially a Rape Suspect will this be news at ESPN?

ESPN is more than willing to report on the bad behavior of any black athlete. If he so much as runs a stop sign they will have feature story on his pattern of traffic violations. Last summer when reality star Tia Tequila said that she had been a victim of domestic violence at the hands of Shawn Merriman ESPN ate the story up, and the story was later proved to be unfounded. Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual misconduct before but ESPN didn’t investigate the story with the same zeal they reserve for athletes of color, but now another woman has come forward accusing this All-American quarterback of sexual misconduct. “The alleged incident reportedly occurred early Friday morning in a bathroom in Capital City, a club in Milledgeville, Georgia. The alleged victim, who has already been interviewed by police, was treated at a local hospital and released, law enforcement sources told TMZ. Roethlisberger’s representatives denied the allegations.” Looks like
ESPN might have to cover the story even at the risk of offending one of the NFL’s golden boys.

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  • Elogam  On March 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    EM, did it ever occur to you that ESPN covers the misdeeds of black athletes with greater frequency because a) there are so many prominent black athletes, and b) they tend to commit more of the infractions? I’m not saying all white athletes are saints (except in New Orleans) and that all black athletes are devils (except in North Carolina). I’m saying if you have more black athletes than white athletes (like in basketball and I believe in football) and those athletes statistically commit more transgressions than white athletes, you’re going to get ESPN covering that more.

    Previously you posted that ESPN would most likely not treat their white commentator like they did their black commentator when charges of sexual conduct were uncovered. I suggested you wait and see. Sure enough, the did suspend and then fire the white commentator. ( I don’t recall you posting a follow up on that. Must have missed it….) I suspect this story will be on ESPN before Monday, and it will get similar scrutiny unless the story is proven unfounded. Can we just wait to see what happens before we label ESPN a racist organization?

  • musesofamom  On March 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    First of all I am now labeling ESPN as anything. The facts are when the Merriman story hit over a weekend they were all over it. I am not saying Ben is gulity, but he has been accused and that is news and they have barely been audible on this story. Second, on your point concerning the white sportscaster keep in mind this is a blog not a newspaper. I did not accuse him but I challenged his employer and I stand by the challenge. so i won’t be writing a retraction.

  • Elogam  On March 7, 2010 at 2:46 am

    >>i won’t be writing a retraction.

    Not asking for a retraction. I’m simply pointing out that you have insinuated that ESPN holds people of color to a different standard than whites. In the end they seem to have treated people of different color the same. If I call you out on something and I’m wrong, I’ll own it. I’d think ESPN deserves the same.

  • musesofamom  On March 7, 2010 at 3:59 am

    I stand by what i said. today i have hardly heard a word about the ben situationn. ESPN has an all news network and this is news and deserves to be covered and i stand by this.

  • musesofamom  On March 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

    What does this clip prove? They finally spoke but they still are very deeferential to Ben. What will really be interesting is what will the NFL Commisioner Godell have to say.

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