ESPN turns Kobe Bryant's death into shameless self-promotion


Nothing is so broken in ESPN that it can't be fixed with a small but targeted nuclear warhead.

1. Would ESPN use the sudden, tragic death of Kobe Bryant conspicuously and shamelessly for cheap, transparent self-promotion?

Yes. And it did.

2. Would the shameless, indecent exploitation of Bryant's death by ESPN be honest, at least?

No, and it wasn't.

On Sunday, shortly after the world found out that Bryant had been killed, ESPN went to work to do what it does. ESPN posted these graphics:

"Latest news: Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash at the age of 41. Reports: Lakers legend dies at the age of 41, reports Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN (1st report from TMZ)."

What did ESPN and Wojnarowski have to do with it? Nothing. It was just another nonsensical ESPN sale of ESPN to an audience that it believes is too weak to know better.

ESPN's online coverage of Bryant's death was no longer credible: "Sources have confirmed ESPN's Wojnarowski that Bryant is dead."

But that's exactly what ESPN has become. And like a box with various rancid chocolates, there is a large selection.

On Sunday I recorded how ESPN destroyed an innocent man's television career three years ago when he called Venus Williams a "gorilla" when every reasonable soul knew he was doing nothing of the sort – he had praised their successful "guerrilla" tactics.

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Fans gather near a makeshift memorial to mourn the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others.AFP via Getty Images

Then ESPN would almost certainly lose to avoid abusive termination, and tennis analyst Doug Adler with the promise that his ESPN duties, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon, would be restored.

Instead, ESPN put him on his personal shelf so he could continue to feel the pain of dishonest and lawful prosecution from ESPN.

Last week, ESPN released a press release detailing its MLB analysts and hosts' reactions to the Astros fraud scandal. We heard from Eduardo Perez, Mark Teixeira and Tim Kurkjian, among others.

Guess whose attitude was missing?

Right, that's Alex Rodriguez, the leading game analyst at ESPN.

It's still annoying that ESPN decided to drop one of the most notorious drug cheats in sports history. Rodriguez is so credulous that he is excused not to answer such questions and to deal with such a catastrophic baseball problem.

But that's ESPN.

ESPN even plays with the story that fits its sales. For years there was no excuse to air his role “Bobby Knight Goes Berserk”. But after ESPN hired Knight, that vanished from sight.

It didn't return until Knight left the network.

ESPN has violated the minimum standards of honest broadcast journalism to the extent that it paid Barry Bonds for exclusive access and allowed its "people" to approve report scripts as drug fraud approached Hank Aaron's career record.

But that's ESPN. And his shamelessly forced, dishonest sale associated with Kobe Bryant's shocking death is more troubling than surprising.

NBA long distance game has become 3 alarm scares

I don't know how long Adam Silver and the NBA “governors” can work around the problem, but the 3-point shot, originally thought and used as a comeback game series, has made NBA games nonsense.

Basketball – the way team play, quick thinking, all-in-motion and exciting two-way play are in the foreground – is the competition of "Bombs away!"

This week the Mavericks tried 100 field goals against the Thunder, 51 of them more than half with three counters. Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas & # 39; 7-foot-3 shooter, only needed seven.

What is particularly puzzling about this Astros zodiac saga is the way everyone thought the franchise could have a lid on it.

The Astros 2017 played 46 men and employed eight coaches. The mere idea that everyone was committed to secrecy or felt "honorable" to keep it secret is ridiculous.

The same goes for the Money First Gentlemen agreement between Bud Selig and MLBPA chief Donald Fehr that the sudden destruction of home run records by suddenly muscular, swollen steroid sluggers would be ignored.

Arrogance or ignorance? In any case, the lack of foresight is stunning.

In an age when ball carriers no longer "cut" but "put one foot in the ground", brevity and clarity have been lost to keep the shape long.

For example, a scrolled report on MSG that Miami of Ohio has postponed two basketball games has investigated students who may have had the corona virus saying, "The games will be postponed later."

Only "is rescheduling" not shortened it? "At a later date" was needed? It's like "going forward". Are there options for the future? When do we get to go forward?

Last week, when the jet I was on was approaching Newark Airport, the pilot or co-pilot informed the passengers that we had started our "first departure". For real? How many runs did he have in mind?

I checked on the way out. Neither of the two pilots was Mike Mayock or Kirk Herbstreit.

The truth about Zion is heavily criticized

Zion Williamson's NBA debut, which was shown on ESPN, left an unmistakable impression: Williamson, listed as 6-foot-6, 284, looked heavier, even, good, fat.

Analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson have not ignored what we / they couldn't miss, noting several times that Williamson, who played well in his 18 minutes, looked stout.

The next day on the internet – always a source of well-condensed, sensible debate – Van Gundy and Jackson were beaten up by fools for "body-shaming" Williamson, as if conditioning a professional athlete were number 1 at more than $ 20 million for two years, no less – is irrelevant.

Tiger Woods led wire-to-wire last Thursday through Sunday, as reported by CBS and Torrey Pines' Golf Channel. Even if he was ninth.

Steiner Collectibles, in conjunction with this year's Hall of Fame recognitions, is selling Derek Jeter toenail clippings, one in a box, including certificates of authenticity.

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Zion WilliamsonAP

Atlanta Falcons' patrons paid out more than $ 32 million in PSL purchases. Another city that learned that Roger Goodell's claim that PSL was a “good investment” was wrong.

Congratulations to Gary Bettman, who invited the punk group Green Day to scream F-bombs while performing at the NHL All-Star Game. Not that Bettman can claim an ambush. The NHL agreed to a promotional deal with the band immediately after the release of their album “Father of All Motherfers”. The best the NHL could do.

ESPN and its audience would be well served if Sean McDonough were returned to the Monday Night Football play-by-play chair. But this time, Jon Gruden shouldn't have an analyst at his side who is prepared, careful, and does not ignore McDonough.

I'm confused. The new manager Luis Rojas was the head of quality control at Mets last season. What properties did he control exactly? I bet he can't wait for Robinson Cano to hit the ball and then throw it into idle.