Well, ESPN is finally talking about the Ben Rothelisberger sexual assault allegations, but you have to have been quick to catch it. The most hilarious part of the brief “ESPN Sports Reporters” segment on the subject was not Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom’s contention that “a lot of women make false claims.” (Stay classy, Mitch). It was the actual length of the conversation.
As TAMPABAY.COM’s Tom Jones reported, and we picked up via AWFUL ANNOUNCING, Albom and NEW YORK TIMES columnist Bill Rhoden no sooner began arguing about the subject than host Mike Lupica pulled the plug, quickly switching the subject. And now ESPN viewers are more confused than ever.
From Jones’ “Two Cents” column:
ESPN’s Sports Reporters got a little testy Sunday when Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom and New York Times columnist Bill Rhoden got into an argument about Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who is being accused in a civil lawsuit of sexually assaulting a woman. The argument essentially started because Rhoden came off highly critical of Roethlisberger. Albom, who made a point of saying he didn’t know whether Roethlisberger was guilty, brought up the possibility that the allegations are false, saying, “There are many women who make false claims.”
To which Rhoden said: “Many? Name five.”
Albom said, “You sound as if you already presume he has already done this.”
Rhoden: “I’m presuming he put himself in a bad position.”
Presumably Lupica switched the topic to Tony Bernazard, which is what he did in his NEW YORK DAILY NEWS column on Sunday which led with Roethlisberger, then comically switched to the Mets (although he spent a lot more time on the former than he did on TV).
The only thing I’m assuming is that there’s a lot more to this story than meets the eye.