From the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand.
ESPN NFL analyst Sean Salisbury went on his Chicago radio show yesterday and defended himself against accusations that he made an anti-Semitic comment on Monday’s “NFL Live.”
ESPN could not provide a transcript of what Salisbury said yesterday, but his comments on Monday have been raging on Internet blogs for a couple of days. His words had failed to make their way into the mainstream media until Salisbury made it a discussion point yesterday.
The mainstream media has ignored it because it is open to interpretation if Salisbury actually said something inappropriate or not.
ESPN decided to stand by Salisbury. “It was not a slur,” ESPN VP Josh Krulewitz said.
With all due respect to Mr. Marchand, I think the mainstream media’s hesitancy to cover what may or may not be a story is slightly related to a comment like “ESPN could not provide a transcript of what Salisbury said yesterday.” However, an audio clip of Salibury’s gaffe has been in circulation for the past 2 days.
Mocking Salisbury was standard practice amongst any number of bloggers long before this incident. Much like the coverage of Michael Irvin’s ill-advised remarks on Dan Patrick’s radio program, it only figures that traditional print media are going to be way behind the curve. Who else in their right mind would be compelled to be paying such close attention to Salibury’s every word if not the blogosphere’s more dilligent denizens?
And besides, most contemporary Rudy Martzkes know better. When retribution might result in being sent a phone-cam pic of the Salisbury Tube Steak, I can empathize with those that would rather not chase this ambulance.