Don’t Blame Deadspin for Brett Favre and Karen Owen Stories

| by Alex Groberman

People’s knack for misplacing blame these days is almost mind-boggling.


Late this week Deadspin posted an article containing a video of Brett Favre’s naked you know what. The shot of Favre’s junk allegedly came after Favre sent photos of himself in all his glory to a New York Jets employee he was allegedly interacting with during his stint with the team a few years ago.

Somehow, Deadspin got their hands on the photos and put together a little movie of phone messages that allegedly came from Favre to the woman in question and the aforementioned photos.

Prior to that, Deadspin was in the news for publishing a list compiled by a former Duke University student named Karen Owen. The in-depth account contained all of her male conquests from the school’s pool of ultra-talented lacrosse players. Said report included many specifics regarding the performance, size and determination of the young gents in question. Owen herself named the amazing piece of scholarly work the “F*** List” (which speaks volumes about the whole thing).

Needless to say, both reports caused quite a stir.

Where it gets dicey, however, is that the backlash didn’t come against Favre for allegedly becoming the next pervert in line behind Tiger Woods to allegedly add his name to the long-list of athlete adulterers. It didn’t come against Owen for actually putting down in report format the list of players whose measurements she tested out in more ways than one. It came against the media source that published the information.

What exactly are news and information sources for -- if not to publish news and information the public is curious about?

When a man robs a bank and the news covers it, do we blame the Channel 8 reporter with the cheap hairpiece for covering it?

If LeBron James misses a game-winning jumper at the end of a game (and he will), do we blame ESPN for giving us 24 hours of non-stop coverage on it (and they will)?

Reporting on events is what the media does. It’s not their job to pick and choose what information is appropriate for public consumption, or whose feelings may be hurt as a result of the reports.

Some guy from the Bleacher Report actually referred to the Favre story in particular as the “death of sports journalism.”


Someone from the Bleacher Report wants to talk about what is killing sports journalism? Pot, meet kettle.

It’s ludicrous that people expect honest and unbiased news whenever they want it, except in those cases where it’s too much for them to handle.

The media has one job: accurately report events that occur.

Deadpsin did that in both of their controversial reports.

Maybe it’s people’s ridiculous knack for glorifying athletes as gods or their preposterous holier-than-thou moral stands that have brought about this reaction. But, either way, folks need to grow up and get over it.

This is the real world and everyone in question is an adult. If they do bad things, they will likely face the consequences for those bad things.

And as far as the Favre loyalists that read Deadspin’s articles and have a problem with the content, well, that site has a nifty hash mark for those readers:


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