ESPN Still Hasn't Reported On Brett Favre Calling The Lions And Giving Them The Packers Offense
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In Case You Were Wondering Why ESPN Still Hasn't Reported On That Traitorous Rat Brett Favre...

10/21/08 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Obviously one of the big stories this week has been the news broken by Jay Glazer of FoxSports that Brett Favre called the Detroit Lions and spoke with them for over an hour about what they could expect to see from the Green Bay offense before their September 14th game.

Pretty much everyone has reported on this, from blogs to Yahoo! Sports to Sports Illustrated. Hell, even Packers players have responded to this story. But there's one media outlet that hasn't said anything about it at all - ESPN.

That's right, in the past day, a topic that would have been perfect for Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption, NFL Live, Sportscenter, pretty much every show on ESPN, was not talked about once. So what gives?

Well, here's why it has yet to be reported on ESPN. According to Pro Football Talk, this memo was sent out to everyone at the Worldwide Leader:

Under the heading “DO NOT REPORT . . . DO NOT REPORT . . . . DO NOT REPORT . . . DO NOT REPORT” appears the following:

“Yesterday, FoxSports reported that Brett Favre spent 60 to 90 minutes before the Week Two game between the Lions and the Packers educating the Detroit coaching staff regarding the Packers’ offensive strategies. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD BY RELIABLE SOURCES THIS REPORT IS NOT TRUE. We did NOT report it yesterday. Today, the NFL responded to the report, saying even if Favre did this he did not break any league rules. We are NOT reporting it today, because that would mean airing the erroneous report. DO NOT REPORT IT.

 
Now, there are multiple problems with this. The first, speaking as someone with a journalism background, is why didn't ESPN counter Glazer's story with their own? The only thing better than breaking a huge scoop yourself is making a rival network look like an idiot for getting a story wrong. If ESPN says they had the sources to do that, then why didn't they do it?

Secondly, Glazer is pretty much never wrong. He's continuing to stick by his Favre story "one million percent." By the way, if you have doubts about Glazer, remember he was the one who broke the story about Favre going to the Jets first. This was despite the fact that ESPN had an entire team dedicated to round-the-clock Favre coverage, in addition to Chris Mortensen saying Favre was going to Tampa. Glazer also nabbed the Mike Nolan getting fired story before anyone else as well. Glazer is not just good, he's great. And as stated before, he's rarely wrong.

Glazer also explained on Dan Patrick's radio show today why he didn't call Favre before breaking the story. Glazer said if he called Favre for a response, Favre would have reached out to his contacts at ESPN and they would have broken a modified version of the story.

I think it's pretty clear what's going on here. ESPN clearly has a Favre-bias, and Favre isn't afraid to pull strings there either. How else do you explain the network that considers itself to be "The Worldwide Leader" blatantly ignoring such a huge story? It's completely idiotic.

It also makes me question ESPN's committment to journalism, which I never held in particularly high regard anyway. ESPN is simply pure entertainment, if you want real sports journalism, go elsewhere.

ESPN issued internal "Do not report" warning on Favre story [Pro Football Talk]
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10/23/08   |   majikmanseven

derms33 wrote:
Um, Yeah, I just meant that that'll teach them to bad mouth him...He's the one giving away their strategies.  I never mentioned Aaron Rodgers or the Offensive Line or the young WR's.  How Old is Driver these days?  Green Bay fans, such as yourself, should know that Favre made a lot of money for that team.  Something is telling me that Rodgers jersey sales are not going to ever eclipse the sale of Favre's jerseys.  Sorry if I offended the world biggest Don Majowski fan!!!

not offended at all ... and you are 100% correct...fave merchandise will be top sellers in Green Bay for years. I'm just concerned about winning and the development of this team. And though we'll never know if favre could do better than Rodgers this year ... I think as far as 1st year starters go... the kid looks like a winner. favre made the team a lot of money...fans like me made favre a lot fo money... and packers are financially set for the long haul. It took favre 5 years as a starter to win a ring... I think Rodgers will do it quicker. And that's no rip on Brett...he'll always be my favorite players, but think Packers made the right call in turning over the reigns now. No worries about Driver's age...Pack has deepest WR corp in NFC.

10/22/08   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

majikmanseven wrote:
Will teach us what? Rodgers is outplaying favre this season. Take away favre's 6 td game and Rodgers stinker at tampa and look at the other 6 games and it isn't even close. As a true packer fan... the packers made the right move. Our young WR's and off line are nearing their prime years and having a young and talented QB that they know will be there is big... and any good fan knows that.

Um, Yeah, I just meant that that'll teach them to bad mouth him...He's the one giving away their strategies.  I never mentioned Aaron Rodgers or the Offensive Line or the young WR's.  How Old is Driver these days?  Green Bay fans, such as yourself, should know that Favre made a lot of money for that team.  Something is telling me that Rodgers jersey sales are not going to ever eclipse the sale of Favre's jerseys.  Sorry if I offended the world biggest Don Majowski fan!!!

10/22/08   |   danny_n94   |   114 respect

Maybe instead of calling and talking to Lions or even if he is right by returning Millens call he should be stdying the playbook for the team he DOES play for. Maybe then, just maybe he would not have thrown a pick at the endzone and lost the the Raiders. But ESPN not reporting on Favre doesnt surprise me. Especially the way they embarassed themselves when he retired in March.
Plus since when did journalism become unbiased?

10/22/08   |   majikmanseven

derms33 wrote:
After all the bad blood that surfaced between the Pack and Favre I am not real surprised by any of this.  It happens all the time, but not to this extreme.  The Browns have signed recently cast away Steelers just a week prior to a matchup with them  It didn't work but was definitely tried.  If Favre indeed went out of his way, that'll teach the Pack and their Nation of fans to disrespect the old man! 

Will teach us what? Rodgers is outplaying favre this season. Take away favre's 6 td game and Rodgers stinker at tampa and look at the other 6 games and it isn't even close. As a true packer fan... the packers made the right move. Our young WR's and off line are nearing their prime years and having a young and talented QB that they know will be there is big... and any good fan knows that.

10/22/08   |   majikmanseven

well... now favre 1st denied all of it ... then it was Millen called me ... then it was "I haven't been in that offense for over a year"... ( try 8 months or has he forgotten his pick in OT of NFC Champ game?) ... then it was "well maybe we discussed last year's games ... then it was "I had a feeling I was on speaker phone"... c'mon folks... Brett is guilty of lying. Whether he called teams or not ... he creates these situations. And I agree 100% about ESPN and their bias. I enjoyed it for 16 years ... now see it from other side. It is clear that brett has put his grudge against Thompson above his former team mates and above the vast majority of his fans. I wish he could look at it from standpoint that it worked out OK... he got to keep playing ...packers got to go with their kid... their kid is playing damn well... brett's team is in contention... brett adds to his #100 mil fortune. Why can't he let it go ? I still expect to see #4 on the rafters at Lambeau ... but now think we should wait a few year after he retires to do it. Great post above!!!!

10/22/08   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

Thirdly, since when does ESPN not report on a speculation?

I can't believe anyone is defending ESPN.  Don't get me wrong, I'm with everyone else about being tired of hearing Favre talk.  But ESPN has never shied away from a story that they thought was untrue.

10/22/08   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

After all the bad blood that surfaced between the Pack and Favre I am not real surprised by any of this.  It happens all the time, but not to this extreme.  The Browns have signed recently cast away Steelers just a week prior to a matchup with them  It didn't work but was definitely tried.  If Favre indeed went out of his way, that'll teach the Pack and their Nation of fans to disrespect the old man! 

10/22/08   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Well, we're not talking about his picks, we're talking about his stories.

Well he does know more than Mort, I'll give ya that!!!

10/22/08   |   chicachericola   |   2 respect

This is not the first athlete that ESPN will favor and it won't be the last. Just like Santa, they have their naughty and nice list. Tony Stewart refuses to do interviews on any ESPN show (other than what he is  required to do post-race) because of their biased reporting (and yes, before the naysayers jump all over that, he does bring a lot of it on himself, yes he is controversial, that is not the point here). However, I find it hard to believe that Green Bay didn't make him sign an iron clad confidentiality agreement  as part of his reinstatement and if Green Bay thought he had broken that, they would be all over it.

10/22/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

derms33 wrote:
Sorry I got lost at Glazer is pretty much never wrong...Jesus, do you watch his picks>?  If he was always correct VEGAS would have him whacked faster than Larry Johnson showin his Pimp hand...Thats Mine!!!

Well, we're not talking about his picks, we're talking about his stories.

10/22/08   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

Sorry I got lost at Glazer is pretty much never wrong...Jesus, do you watch his picks>?  If he was always correct VEGAS would have him whacked faster than Larry Johnson showin his Pimp hand...Thats Mine!!!

10/21/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

beerstudk wrote:
If they should report on this what comes next?  Have the bottom ticker inform us whenever Favre takes a crap?!  I think that this story is being blown waaaaaaaaay out of proportion.

Earlier in the off-season, i actually believe ESPN might have atleast once reported Favre took a **** in a Lambeau field restroom...

10/21/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
So its alright to talk about Favre 24/7 for about a month when it was a non-story in the off-season of his "non-retirement" crap, and sports fans were ready to hang themselves if they had to hear the name one more time.

But now, something actually new and damning towards Favre, they feel its not the right time to talk about him?

Well said.

10/21/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

beerstudk wrote:
If they should report on this what comes next?  Have the bottom ticker inform us whenever Favre takes a crap?!  I think that this story is being blown waaaaaaaaay out of proportion.

ESPN already did that during his "will he/won't he" retirement fiasco. And Glazer still beat them on the Favre to the Jets story.

10/21/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

So its alright to talk about Favre 24/7 for about a month when it was a non-story in the off-season of his "non-retirement" crap, and sports fans were ready to hang themselves if they had to hear the name one more time.

But now, something actually new and damning towards Favre, they feel its not the right time to talk about him?

10/21/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

wrote:
Mort from ESPN said today on the Scott Van Pelt show that ESPN is not reporting anything because he himself is in charge of investigating this story and has not found enough facts to report with. He said he has talked to Farve who immediately denied the story.

Hahahaha. That's classic. Here's why I never trust Mort.

In the past two years alone Mort has been responsible for a laundry list of false reports. First, it was that Michael Vick was unlikely to get indicted, we all know how that turned out. After that came the guarantee that Ron Rivera was the next Cowboys Coach, and when that didn't pan out he was chided by colleague Greg Easterbrook online. Next, it was Mortensen saying that Eli Manning would "officially" miss a month to start last season, Eli played every game. THEN it was Jon Gruden who laid into him. There was also the Parcells to Atlanta guarantee, and the lock that Brett Favre WAS NOT going to come back this season, you have grand total of seven breaking news items that Mortensen was dead wrong about.

So whatever Mort. I don't believe you.

10/21/08   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Just saying it's not true doesn't mean anything. Favre originally denied he was coming back from retirement. We all know how that ended. Seriously, if ESPN is going to openly deny the story, then at least inform people why.

Their silence is totally damning.

If they should report on this what comes next?  Have the bottom ticker inform us whenever Favre takes a crap?!  I think that this story is being blown waaaaaaaaay out of proportion.

10/21/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

beerstudk wrote:
Maybe they didn't report on it because it's a NON-STORY!!!!!!!!  I also saw on ESPN Sunday afternoon about 4 or 5 hours after Glazer's report on the Fox pregame show that his report was false and Favre did not talk to the Lions at all.

Just saying it's not true doesn't mean anything. Favre originally denied he was coming back from retirement. We all know how that ended. Seriously, if ESPN is going to openly deny the story, then at least inform people why.

Their silence is totally damning.

10/21/08   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

jircink wrote:
i was a journalism major as well. why would ESPN respond to Jay's article if ESPN feels they have sources that refute Glazer's story? it's not responsible journalism. responsible journalism is fair, unbiased - Glazer should have called Favre but Glazer didn't want to get scooped because all he cares about is his byline - not the the reputation of a Hall of Fame QB. you honestly think that Glazer's story - just because he "broke" it - deserves attention from another media outlet...again, just cause it was "written". what school of journalism do you graduate from  - smokeabong u.?

Are you kidding? Why would ESPN respond to Glazer's article if they feel they have the sources to refute it? I guess I should give you a whole list.

Here's why ESPN should report their story.

1. It's newsworthy.
2. It would refute Glazer's story, making FoxSports look stupid.
3. Favre would love them.
4. They could actually TALK with Favre, something Glazer didn't do, which would make ESPN look more reputable.
5. It's something worth talking about on Sportscenter and every other ESPN show for days on end, defending Favre.

Better yet, do you think that if the Washington Post reported that Sarah Palin had an illegitimate kid, and the New York Times had factual proof that that was completely untrue, that they should just sit on it? That's absurd. Of course they'd report on it. If ESPN is so confident in their story, and it totally refutes the huge story out there, then grow some damn balls and report it. Journalism isn't for the shy, and it isn't for idiots who sit on stories for no good reason other than to soothe the ego of a washed up quarterback.

10/21/08   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Maybe they didn't report on it because it's a NON-STORY!!!!!!!!  I also saw on ESPN Sunday afternoon about 4 or 5 hours after Glazer's report on the Fox pregame show that his report was false and Favre did not talk to the Lions at all.

10/21/08   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

"Glazer should have called Favre but Glazer didn't want to get scooped because all he cares about is his byline - not the the reputation of a Hall of Fame QB"

Why should he care about the reputation of a "Hall of Fame QB" (btw, Brett's not in the HOF yet). Glazer's job is to report the facts. If he is wrong, then ESPN should go ahead and REFUTE it, not ignore it.

But most likely, they are unable to refute it, so they are trying to protect their golden boy, and they're just sweeping it under the rug, instead. That's not responsible journalism at all... that's corruption.

10/21/08   |   jircink

i was a journalism major as well. why would ESPN respond to Jay's article if ESPN feels they have sources that refute Glazer's story? it's not responsible journalism. responsible journalism is fair, unbiased - Glazer should have called Favre but Glazer didn't want to get scooped because all he cares about is his byline - not the the reputation of a Hall of Fame QB. you honestly think that Glazer's story - just because he "broke" it - deserves attention from another media outlet...again, just cause it was "written". what school of journalism do you graduate from  - smokeabong u.?