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ESPN Ignoring Alleged Favre "Sexting" Story

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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John WoelfelContributor IAugust 6, 2010

It seems like everyday you can turn on Sportscenter or visit ESPN.com and learn about athletes such as Michael Vick's legal problems. Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulting a college girl in a bar restroom. Stories about Rick Pitino and his mistress. Or in today's top stories, you can read about how Lance Armstrong's teammates allege that he was doping.

The story that Brett Favre sent Jenn Sterger pictures of his, ahem, private parts while she was covering the New York Jets is continuing to spread.

However, you won't be reading about it on ESPN.com or hearing about it on Sportscenter.

Whether or not this is true, it is still news and ESPN is supposed to be a news outlet. Instead, ESPN continues to do nothing but honor Brett Favre's career in case he ends up retiring... again. When word reached ESPN sources that Favre had told his teammates he was not returning this season, ESPN ran one of their many shows showcasing their star.

The picking and choosing which superstars to give a free pass to is not new for ESPN. Just within the last couple of weeks, the network pulled a story from their site that detailed LeBron James' extravagent partying in Las Vegas and then released a statement that it "should have never been published."

ESPN will probably say in defense that the LeBron James story it isn't the kind of news that they report on because it doesn't have to do with sports.

Maybe they will say that the Favre story is all speculation and are waiting to comment until there is more proof and it's not based around  hear-say.

We all know that's not why. When there was news that other players such as Greg Oden or Grady Sizemore had sent explicit photo's, ESPN reported it.

Favre sending (or allegedly sending) explicit pictures to a reporter for the Jets is news. Whether it hurts the image of one of their star "products" or not, they are a sports news outlet first.

Completely ignoring the story is not responsible reporting. All athletes need to be held to the same standard when it comes to what is reported and what isn't. The fact that ESPN is trying to control the public's perceived image of Favre is unacceptable.

My guess is that as the story develops, ESPN will eventually have no choice but to cover it. In the meantime, they will continue to milk the hour by hour updates on whether Favre will be returning to the Vikings this season.

And I will continue to turn the channel when they do.

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