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But a quick review of ESPN's reporting history shows the company has covered several civil suits recently, including those filed against former Cowboy Adam "Pacman" Jones, former baseball star Roberto Alomar, and Lakers point guard Shannon Brown. One of the president's advisers, David Axelrod, told the Chicago Tribune that some MLB executives weren't thrilled about the commander-in-chief's wardrobe at last week's All-Star Game in St. "I think Major League Baseball wanted him to wear the all-star jacket, and he was intent on wearing his White Sox jacket. I'd like to help the MLB executives in question understand.
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Since then, the story has been covered by the Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Yahoo, Pro Football Talk (now owned by NBC), Fox News, and other national media outlets. And, everyone's favorite, "the latest on [Michael] Vick." If you're wondering, the latest on Vick is the same as the not-so-latest on Vick - he's out of prison and looking for a gig. "At this point, we are not reporting the allegations against Ben Roethlisberger because no criminal complaint has been filed," an ESPN spokesman told me.
Here's a recap of the big stories Sports Center had on loop yesterday morning and afternoon: Brett Favre - still unemployed. "As far as we know, this is a civil lawsuit that Roethlisberger has yet to address publicly." That's true. And it doesn't look like he's going to any time soon. In yesterday's column about ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews, I wrote that I was unsuccessful in reaching an ESPN spokesman for comment about the video that was illegally and surreptitiously taken of her and then posted on the Internet. I accidentally gave the ESPN spokesman the wrong contact number.
And Roethlisberger may not have addressed the civil suit, but his lawyer denied the claim on Roethlisberger's behalf and told the AP the quarterback will be "fully exonerated." Sure sounds like he's aware of what's happening. It's not a topic for discussion, but you have to acknowledge that it's being reported, that the story exists." The story does exist. Roethlisberger and his lawyers and the Steelers know it, too.
The sticking point for ESPN seems to be that the woman in question filed a civil suit instead of criminal charges. But ESPN - the biggest, most influential sports media outlet on the planet - is pretending otherwise.