Larry Fitzgerald Domestic Violence Case Ignored By Media

Why Exactly Is The Media Ignoring The 'Other' Larry Fitzgerald Story?

1/30/09 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

As someone who's a former journalist, I'm well aware that everything journalists write about isn't always popular. In fact, most of it isn't really popular at all, and oftentimes a story pisses a lot of people off. But hey, news isn't always fun and happy.

Anyway, I bring this up because over the course of the past two weeks, we've been bombarded with story after story of what an awesome teammate Larry Fitzgerald is. We've also been told by multiple sports big wigs like Rick Reilly and Michael Wilbon about how Larry's agent sports reporter dad is going to objectively report on the game without rooting or cheering for his son - even though that isn't really true.

Basically, it's been one big Larry Fitzgerald love fest so far. I don't really have anything against this, I mean hell, you gotta fill two weeks of down time somehow. But there's a real question as to why the press has actively avoided talking with Fitzgerald about the claims of abuse and bribery made by the woman (former Raiders cheerleader Angela Nazario) who is the mother of his son. These are some pretty serious accusations, by the way. Here's what happened more than a year ago:

Nazario is seeking child support from Fitzgerald, which he says he'll provide, if he's determined to be the father. A source close to Nazario says he has asked her to "hide" out in a small Arizona town, and asked her to have an abortion. Fitzgerald also allegedly tried to bribe her with offers of houses and cars, and when she declined, he told her "I don't need this all over the news like Matt Leinart."

Now, it turned out Fitzgerald was indeed the father, and the two have gone through a rather contentious child custody battle as well. That custody battle was highlighted by this rather unfortunate incident.

Angela Nazario claims she brought the couple's son to visit Larry at his Phoenix home last October when the former lovers began arguing.

Nazario alleges in her legal papers filed in Arizona, Fitzgerald attempted to "diffuse the situation" by raising his fist and challenging her to a play fight. Nazario admits she responded by swinging at him and "may have hit his face."

Fitzgerald then turned from playful to enraged, allegedly pushing Nazario down to her knees. She claims he "grabbed me by my hair with both hands on the back of my head very very hard and tossed me across the room."

And to top this all off, there are rumors that Nazario will be coming to the Super Bowl with the couple's son to push the issue even more so.

While all of this information is somewhat personal, it's also public knowledge because, well, court documents are available to the public. Plus, Fitzgerald's an NFL star, and the NFL is known for having a number of its athletes involved in domestic violence cases, so regardless of how you want to look at this, it's newsworthy, without question.

Don't take me wrong, I'm not saying Fitzgerald is a bad guy, we all make mistakes, although hopefully not ones this bad. But I do find it odd that the sports media chooses to ignore writing about a significant national problem - domestic violence - when one of the Super Bowl's star players is openly accused of it.

And let's be honest, you know if the Cowboys where in Tampa, Pacman would be hammered with questions non-stop about his shady background. It isn't like the national sports media is always afraid to touch on controversial issues.

But weigh in with your thoughts below. Is the media doing the right thing by ignoring this story? Or is this more along the lines of what I would call 'journalistic laziness'?
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2/2/09   |   tre_bomber03   |   3 respect

(Edited by tre_bomber03)

Either way it's kind of a mesed up story.  I wonder if charges were ever filed.  I do know that men sometimes get the raw end of a deal like this.  If it were a man the Fitz had been "play fighting" and the dude really swung on him, would there even be a conversation about it?  No one thinks it's OK for a man to hit a woman, but since when did it become OK for a woman to hit a man?


I want to make a point that I'm in no way advocating relaliation because someone hit you.  And I in no way am saying that (if this story is accurate) Fitz was justified in tossing his child's mother across the room by her hair.

1/30/09   |   njstixx

I mentioned this in another blog, where everyone ran out of  chap stick for all the Larry bum kissing....

1/30/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

keppieboy wrote:
 IT TAKES A REAL MAN TO BEAT ON A WOMAN.

I'm not sure if you are being sarcastic, clever, or idiotic.  Please clarify.

1/30/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 IT TAKES A REAL MAN TO BEAT ON A WOMAN.

1/30/09   |   fred77008   |   17 respect

Raider_Dave wrote:
Look about halfway down this article to see the first mention. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/18/sports/football/18cardinals.html?_r=1&ref=sports

It's a wonder how this has been kept from major media.  Maybe Disney didn't want to end the storybook by putting this all over ESPN.

You got it.

ESPN is an entertainment channel.  Not a news channel.

1/30/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

derms33 wrote:
BTW...Thanks for distracting the Cardinals.  You know they are all over FANIQ!

Just wait, the Steelers preview will be here in a second

1/30/09   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

BTW...Thanks for distracting the Cardinals.  You know they are all over FANIQ!

1/30/09   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

grabbed me by my hair with both hands on the back of my head ...lol...I bet that wasn't the first time that happened to her

1/30/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Look about halfway down this article to see the first mention. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/18/sports/football/18cardinals.html?_r=1&ref=sports

It's a wonder how this has been kept from major media.  Maybe Disney didn't want to end the storybook by putting this all over ESPN.

1/30/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

This is some damn good reporting.  I remember hearing about this, but it seems to have fallen by the wayside.  It seems as though the media likes to jump all over the bad guys moreso than the good guys, so it's a very curious mystery as to why this has been left ignored.