NEVER TRUST SPORTS REPORTERS–CHANCES ARE THEY’RE SUCKING UP TO THE JOCKS

This story in Breitbart is a perfect example why I’ve never really trusted sports reporters for any reporting besides hits, runs, errors, balls, strikes, runs, touchdowns and highlights.

When commenting on anything beyond what they see on the field–and sometimes even that–there is the strong suspicion they are saying what they are saying to maintain access, to be able to get to the people they are assigned to cover, to curry favor with the player, the coach, the manager, the locker room.

I’ve seen it myself when as a news reporter working in San Francisco and I was occasionally assigned to go cover some story that qualified as news involving the Giants or the 49ers. A reporter carrying an ugly question into the ballpark or the locker room or the sidelines is not welcome, and is almost always  greeted with a shunning silence, even hostility or threats.

So when I see a “reporter” like ESPN’s Max Kellerman remark that LeBron James seemed more “presidential” than Donald Trump in the way he carried himself in a news conference James held yesterday, I detect the strong odor of sucking up.

The reason is obvious. Though LeBron James was well spoken and even tempered in his remarks attacking “that guy” –he wouldn’t say Trump’s name–his point was nonsensical, and the reporter should have seen it.

James was saying he was “pissed off” that Trump used sports to divide us, meaning the nation. He made the point that sports brings people together and it should not be used to pit one group against another.

Well… hey LeBron what was Kaepernick doing is not dividing us along race lines using sports? What were the players on Sunday doing if not “dividing” us using sports?

And by the way, wasn’t LeBron James in his uniform, sitting in a news conference arranged by his sports team, in front of his team’s logo?

Wasn’t he dividing us using sports as he was condemning Trump for dividing us using sports?

The fact that Max Kellerman didn’t pose that obvious question to James, or the fact that he ignored it, tells me all I need to know about sports reporting. It is always in the bag for the player, the manager, the coach, the team, the league.

It is to be expected. If the sports reporter is not in the bag, or in the tank, for the people he or she covers, he or she is not welcome back. And if you watch sports coverage at all, you know that the coin of the realm in sports reporting is access to the athletes.

If they won’t talk to you, you’re out of business.

Nice going, Max. You have confirmed my suspicions.

 

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