ESPN Hits New Low

In the wake of the terrible news of the death of Alabama football player Aaron Douglas, ESPN ran an Insider only story that is in such poor taste I can’t find the words to properly describe it.  Here are two screengrabs:

Here’s the second one.

Incredibly insensitive, and indescribably offensive.  Several people should lose their jobs over this.

Top pic via @Nastinchka, second via @PootND

36 thoughts on “ESPN Hits New Low

  1. This reminds me of that insensitive Tractor Traylor eulogy from yesterday.

    I was actually embarrassed by that.

  2. “Although it’s far from the most important result of this development…”

    Still have half a year to go but we have a leader in the clubhouse for 2011 Understatement of the Year

  3. I can’t believe that someone would write that first of all, then someone would clear it, and then it would get published without the person who pushes content to the site turning around and saying “really?”. There are three or four levels of failure here.

  4. Wow. Just. Wow. I’m sure this was some dumbass blogger they hired, but it reflects the company as a whole when the fucking editor lets that through.

  5. If I wanted to pay $2.50 a month for a reminder of how little people value human life I’d still be paying bums to fight.

  6. This reminds me of that insensitive Tractor Traylor eulogy from yesterday.

    Exactly where my thoughts went too

  7. Other enjoyable factors: his death is only devastating in light of the tornadoes, and Nick Saban suspected he would die.

  8. They’ve done worse. The Ed Thomas story was bumped to 2nd in Sportscenter the day it happened so they could lead with the USA’s soccer match in the Confederation’s Cup.

    Clearly in the minority, but I don’t think this here is all that bad. They could have framed it a lot better but it’s not like they completely disregarded the kid’s death. I’ll leave and you can all call me heartless now.

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  10. I am assuming TSH edited my comment. Cute.

    Doubtful, as he doesn’t have those privileges here

  11. Who the hell is Albert Lin?

    I think he’s about to be a guy that used to work at ESPN.

  12. I didn’t think that anyone would take that seriously. Sorry, my mistake.

  13. FWIW- I was in the ER with my wife yesterday when the Traylor post was published. That’s not an excuse, but I have pulled it from the site.

  14. No worries TST. I just didn’t want lefty to fly to my apartment and stab me because of an edited comment.

  15. We’re angry about a post? Controversy = pageviews. Who is to blame? I hope I didn’t have any thoughts on Traylor I forgot about.

    Also, in the spirit of the post hope the wife is all right sparty.

  16. We’re angry about a post? Controversy = pageviews. Who is to blame? I hope I didn’t have any thoughts on Traylor I forgot about.

    Did you read that thing? I would’ve cleaned it up myself had I been around.

  17. I have no idea what is being discussed. I’ve been reading about free will/determinism for the vast majority of the last 56 hours.

  18. Leanne Schrieber please come back, if only for one day, and rip those dumb fucks a new asshole.

  19. They’ve done worse. The Ed Thomas story was bumped to 2nd in Sportscenter the day it happened so they could lead with the USA’s soccer match in the Confederation’s Cup.

    You think that is worse than this? Are you retarded? It would only be worse if ESPN said Ed Thomas’ death opened the door for their rival to win the district title.

  20. she’s all good, just cut her finger and needed some stitches.

    as far as the post…poor taste…unacceptable wording. if he cleans it up, he can repost it.

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