ESPN and Others Need to Stop Creating Controversy with the New York Jets

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Jun 21, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; ESPN reporters and tv personalities Stephen A. Smith (left) and Skip Bayless (right) prior to the start of game five in the 2012 NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie are clearly not the smartest when it comes to dealing with the media. Look at our previous posts, we have discussed this at length. Santonio, and now Cromartie, have clearly shown that they have to watch what they say.

I have also personally defended Rich Cimini, and his fellow writers in the print media (see my post by clicking here)

However, if you take an honest look at both situations, you have to take a look at ESPN as well. They are doing nothing except instigating controversy at Jets camp. They are taking it too far, and it needs to stop.

Let me show you what I mean.

First of all, ESPN has been camped out at Jets camp since the opening. Every day so far, you can tune in to ESPN to see live coverage from Jets camp. We all know why they are there, specifically the QBs. Someone actually said that they stated as much on air.

The Jets are making it clear that there is no controversy. Sanchez is taking the first team reps, as everyone expected. Tebow is the number two. All of the print media is beginning to get it, but not ESPN on air. They still sit there, waiting for something to happen. Heck, they didn’t close up shop even on the players day off. Are you kidding? There are 31 other teams in the league.

The only reason they are there is to wait for something to happen. That is influencing the viewer, and it is not acceptable.

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  • Ferraro41

    I couldn’t agree more. Although, I would absolutely lump the NY media into the same bucket. Perhaps they haven’t been quite as bad as ESPN, but they are still complicit in this whole charade.

    The problem is that the “circus” that everyone almost gleefully predicted hasn’t
    materialized, else something like this Cro situation wouldn’t even get a mention. Tebow was
    going to be a huge distraction, drawing tens of thousands of fans into Cortland
    and causing all sorts of issues. The reality? Attendance at camp is actually
    slightly DOWN. Aside from ESPN’s daily reports of their imaginary “Jets QB Competition”,
    it’s been completely uneventful. One might even say pretty freaking boring. No
    spouting off about SB’s. No Hard Knocks. No Rex writing “Soon to be SB Champs” on ESPN buses.
    No hold outs. No GQ spreads. Just football.

    And the media can’t handle it. They said it was going to be a circus, dammit, and so it shall be, even if they have to overreact to every little thing that goes on (which is precisely what is happening).

  • Donald Lyons

    OMG! This is EXACTLY what I’ve been feeling all week. There are 31 OTHER teams in the league. I have not watched any of the ESPN crap on either of its networks this week. As soon as a I heard that Tebow was headed to New York I knew that my TV watching during this coming football season would be limited. I just knew that the networks would go absolutley apeshit with this Tebow crap EVERY WEEK. But I didn’t expect ESPN to actually camp out at Jets camp. Who makes these decisions?