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:
“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.”
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]