RUSH: Should ESPN Suspend Itself?

RUSH: Should ESPN suspend itself?  ESPN has evolved into a company that habitually suspends its employees.  One of its most recent employees suspended was Max Kellerman.  Do you know why Max Kellerman got suspended?  Because he admitted on the air that something like 20 years ago, he shoved his wife in the middle of an argument.  They suspended him for two days for some sort of violation. 

And then there was the Stephen A. Smith suspension because Stephen A. Smith said (paraphrased), “Well, you know, women might have something to do with the way they get treated by virtue of the way they act.”  Uh-oh.  Not tolerable.  He was suspended.  Well, guess what happened?  ESPN has this infobabe reporter, and her name is Josina Anderson, and her assignment recently has been the St. Louis Rams.

So they sent her to Earth City, Missouri, which is outside St. Louis, which is the Rams complex, the training complex.  And during a discussion about the first openly gay player in the NFL, Michael Sam, a linebacker for the Rams, a co-anchor back in the studio, Jay Crawford, asked Josina Anderson, “How is Michael Sam fitting in with his Rams teammates so far?”

ANDERSON:  Defensive tackle Kendall Langford said, uh, that Michael Sam is simply just one of the guys.  But another Rams defensive player told me that, quote, “Sam is respecting our space,” and that, from his perspective, he seems to think that Michael Sam is waiting to kind of take a shower, so as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable. While Langford and linebacker Alec Ogletree told me that they didn’t know that specifically, and also weren’t tracking that.

RUSH:  Okay.  So what do we have here?  Let the record show that a well-known liberal media outlet — and make no mistake, ESPN is a liberal media outlet — not only reported on a matter of privacy within an NFL team’s locker room, they reported on something rumored to occur in the bathroom/shower portion of the locker room. 

It had nothing to do with Michael Sam making the team.  It had nothing to do with how well or how poorly Michael Sam is playing on the team.  It had nothing to do with how Michael Sam really is getting along there.  They had to do a story about Michael Sam and the showers, and what is this but a liberal media outlet feeding a stereotype? 

And what’s the stereotype? 

Now, keep in mind, this is ESPN, a liberal media outlet, and that report? The underlying assumption of that report is what, Mr. Snerdley?  (interruption)  The underlying subject of this report is, “Gay guys are on the prowl in the shower, and because Sam knows that that’s what people think, he’s waiting until all the other players are finished, and then he goes into the shower alone so that nobody thinks he’s on the prowl.”

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