USA Today's Michael Hiestand has a story about Sean Salisbury you should read: "I was ashamed, and I didn't want to say anything," says Salisbury, who was an NFL quarterback for eight years and an ESPN NFL analyst for 12. "
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"I thought it would go away and let my ego get in the way. Since then, I've beat myself up about it more than 10 baseball bats could. A stupid mistake can cost you, and this has really cost me. I should have been having this conversation a long time ago."
But what Salisbury, 46, is admitting simply substantiates what's already an urban legend on the Internet: that he took cellphone photos of his private parts and showed them.
Yuck. Salisbury says it only happened once - "a sophomoric mistake" in a Connecticut bar in 2006 - for which ESPN suspended him for a week for then-unspecified reasons.
Salisbury's ESPN contract wasn't renewed in 2008; he says ESPN never specifically cited the incident in letting him go. In September, he was dropped by a Dallas sports-talk-radio station but strictly because of "disagreements over my contract and show content."
Speculation over the incident has popped up on various websites. Salisbury has filed suit against one - Deadspin.com - claiming he has been victimized by its "long-running smear campaign" and "malicious lies." (Deadspin declined comment.)
But by his own admission, Salisbury didn't add to the site's veracity when he had the chance.
He was asked in a Deadspin interview posted Aug. 14, 2008, if he "took a picture of your genitals on your cellphone and showed it around" and whether such "rumors" were "remotely true."
Salisbury's response: "I haven't addressed it because it's so absurd and such a bald-faced lie from what the speculation is out there from media outlets and Internet and bloggers that hop on and want to beat you up because they don't like my opinion in football. It never happened."
That was then.
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