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
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:
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.
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'?