The NFL's Useful Idiots Are At It Again

Now that the Chicago Bears have released defensive end Ray McDonald—who was previously investigated for sexual assault and yesterday was arrested on charges of domestic violence for the second time in a year—a chorus of NFL media stooges have begun squawking for someone to do something about all of this, uh, bad stuff. » 5/26/15 11:56am Yesterday 11:56am

NBA Writer Wants To Yank His Crank To Wolves Owner's Wife

For the second straight NBA draft lottery, the sports media couldn’t keep its collective dick in its collective pants. Last year, Bucks owner Wes Edens had his 18-year-old daughter, Mallory, represent the team at the lottery, and sportswriters jizzed all over their computer screens. This year there has (so far) been… » 5/20/15 12:15am 5/20/15 12:15am

ESPN's New Hire Says Global-Warming Fears Are "Intellectually Dishonest"

ESPN is a sports media conglomerate that largely, intentionally operates under the conceit that sports exist within a vacuum, untouched by the outside world except for instances in which the outside world intrudes on the sports universe. It’s a fallacious conceit, but it has some unintended positive consequences. Its… » 5/19/15 3:50pm 5/19/15 3:50pm

How TMZ Misreported A Former NFLer's Place And Cause Of Death

Linebacker Adrian Robinson, who bounced around the NFL and last played in a game in 2013, was found dead in Philadelphia on Saturday night. According to the medical examiner’s office, his death was ruled suicide by hanging. There are no more details yet, but this wholly contradicts an earlier report that Robinson had… » 5/18/15 5:00pm 5/18/15 5:00pm

Bill Simmons Is A Shitty Writer

So last week, ESPN canned Bill Simmons. And now everyone’s doing the fun thing where we speculate about where he will end up for the next phase of his career. Where’s ol’ Bill gonna go? Fox? Turner/Bleacher Report? NBC? A boutique startup underwritten by a messianic venture capitalist with a boner for the NBA? Who’s… » 5/11/15 12:22pm 5/11/15 12:22pm

Is BuzzFeed Deleting Its “Real Journalism” Articles, Too?

In late 2012, the morning after the second presidential debate, BuzzFeed published an article titled “The Debate Romney Won,” which floated the Romney campaign’s theory that the Republican candidate “came out on top — horserace analysis be damned” in the October 16 debate. The piece is mostly notable for the decision… » 5/06/15 12:37pm 5/06/15 12:37pm

Peter King's Credulity Is A Character Flaw

So Peter King, the NFL’s ambassador to Sports Illustrated, published something stupid and offensive in this morning’s edition of his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column: his own writing. Within that, though, a particular passage, explaining the Dallas Cowboys’ selection of University of Nebraska pass-rusher Randy… » 5/04/15 2:25pm 5/04/15 2:25pm

Here Is The Insane Playbook For Jason Whitlock's "Black Grantland"

Earlier today, we published “How Jason Whitlock Is Poisoning ESPN’s ‘Black Grantland’,” where, among other things, we take a look at the plans Jason Whitlock has outlined for his upcoming site in a document called “The Playbook.” It’s worth reading in full, and you can do so below. » 4/27/15 5:55pm 4/27/15 5:55pm

How Jason Whitlock Is Poisoning ESPN's "Black Grantland"

Two months ago, just after the end of a long holiday weekend, Jason Whitlock convened a morning meeting at the Los Angeles offices of his ESPN-backed black-interest site, The Undefeated, which is slated to go live this summer. Five days before, to coincide with the NBA All-Star Game, the site had introduced itself… » 4/27/15 3:23pm 4/27/15 3:23pm

This Is the Interview About His Ancestor Ben Affleck Tried to Suppress

Ben Affleck really didn’t want people to know that one of his distant ancestors owned slaves—going so far as to lobby celebrity genealogy TV show Finding Your Roots to suppress the segment in which that ancestor is discussed. But we got our hands on a copy of the script—and now you can read the mild interview that… » 4/23/15 9:46am 4/23/15 9:46am

Gannett Posts, Deletes Audio Of Reds Manager Saying "Fuck" 77 Times

Earlier this evening, the Cincinnati Enquirer, a Gannett paper, posted excerpts from a transcript of Reds coach Bryan Price going off on reporters in a rant that included the word “fuck” 77 times. The report originally said that audio of the rant would be posted soon, but that promise was soon excised from the piece. » 4/21/15 12:30am 4/21/15 12:30am

BuzzFeed Deleted Posts Under Pressure from Its Own Business Department

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed launched an internal review of any posts that its editors or writers had deleted from the site since editor-in-chief Ben Smith was hired in January 2012. In an interview on Friday, and a memo sent to staff on Saturday, Smith revealed that the review has already uncovered three instances… » 4/18/15 6:07pm 4/18/15 6:07pm

The Next Three Weeks Of Game Of Thrones Recaps, Spoiled

Over the weekend, the first four episodes of Game of Thrones leaked onto torrent sites. In one day, they were downloaded more than a million times. And yet on an Internet that mainlines recaps, teasers, spoilers, and breakdowns, no one seems to want to talk about them, at least beyond the odd mealymouthed appeal to… » 4/16/15 2:19pm 4/16/15 2:19pm

Why Is Katie Couric Letting Floyd Mayweather Smear His Victims?

Katie Couric is a serious journalist. She was the first woman to anchor a network evening news broadcast without a male co-host. She has been a frontline star for all three major television networks. Her interview with Sarah Palin in 2008 may have singlehandedly changed the course of American history. She knows what… » 4/15/15 9:39pm 4/15/15 9:39pm

Reporter Asks Hernandez Jury About Book Deals; Juror Gives Her Stinkface

The jurors who just convicted Aaron Hernandez of murder had to sit through an awkward post-trial interview with collected members of the press this morning, and they were asked a lot of stupid questions. One of those stupid questions, about whether any of the jurors will now be seeking book deals, received a… » 4/15/15 1:30pm 4/15/15 1:30pm