I love the internet! I love it because it allows me to confirm how piss poor journalism has become in this Country. This especially holds true for sports journalism, which sadly has started to effect mainstream news as well, seeing how much sports has become stronger rated news than oh lets say terrorist attack, or supreme court decisions. What the supreme court just voted against free speech? Turn the channel I heard a QB of a football team just got arrested for public intoxication, this clearly has more of an effect on my life.
Well regardless of what he view as important, I would like to introduce to you what passes as top flight journalism in the sports world. Not exhibit A:
Here we have Mike Florio reporting on how while not accused of wrong doing Kap still did something wrong. And while that may in the end be true, the number of facts we have in this story don't warrant anybodys opinion on what happened that night. For the record here are the facts we do have on the matter: We have an incident report with a story in it told to police officers by a woman who A.) Claims no crazy wrongdoing was involved and B.) Was admittedly so intoxicated she can not remember most of the night. We also know it to be true that Kaepernick is in Miami. That ends the facts we have for this situation. Let it sink in... A very suspect recount of a night by one very inebriated person and we know Kaps in Miami because of his instagram.
And yet these reporters and talking heads write and tweet their opinions on the matter as if they have enough facts to form an opinion. And this is where I get upset about modern journalism. Making opinions (sometimes very strong opinions) with a very limited amount of evidence and facts.
You can read the rest of the article, but I wanted to dissect a specific paragraph that I found particularly troubling. In the article Florio states
"It’s not about right or wrong. It’s about avoiding any situation in which an accusation can be made, right or wrong, that wrong happened."
This is an entirely stupid comment. Why, because their is no situation in which you can avoid an accusation from being made. Why... because we don't control what other people say or think about us. What Florio is really saying is that with the facts as listed above (Very Inebriated recount and knowledge of the city Kap currently resides) he has determined that it must be true that the details in the very inebriated recount are at the very least 90% true. Well Im glad Florio knows this woman so well that he can make an opinion about what the facts are based on her less than solid narrative of events.
But lets dig even deeper into this statement, its about avoiding situations in which an accusation can be made. Im sorry but there is no such situation that exist. Why because one can accuse someone of anything at anytime. The point is, its an accusation. Accusations aren't evidence. Kap could have been sitting in his room, playing madden, kissing his biceps and been ACCUSED of murder. Sidebar, most people say you should just chill at the house and all will be fine, what's ironic is that leaves you with no alibi so its possibly the worst thing you can do.
To finish off that segment he continues:
Also a baseless claim. Did anybody really think Roethlisberger would have been mixed up in a sexual assault case. Why are we so sure about Russell Wilson (Cause he doesn't have tattoos duh). Oh and thank the football gods Peyton Manning has never been accused of sexual assault
Oh how easy we forget