Brett Favre and the Hypocrisy That Is the Media
It's been a crazy summer.
The highlight of course the "Summer of 2010: NBA Free Agency," which ESPN wasted no time milking; and why not we had the best Free Agent class arguably since free agency was instituted.
All of it culminated into "The Decision" LeBron James' personal hour where a second rate journalist (Jim Gray) seemingly spent 30-to-45 minutes of that hour asking irrelevant questions.
We had gems like: "Are you still a nail biter?" Really, no wonder we haven't heard from Jim Gray in a while. Whatever sports journalist Siberia you escaped from, please go back.
When Gray finally asked the question everyone was waiting for, James finally answered;
"I'm taking my talents to South Beach and joining the Miami Heat." Words that were heard around the world and changed people's perception on the man Sports Illustrated once labeled "The King."
The same people throughout the media who built him up immediately began to tear him down. It's something the media has always loved to do—they build you up just to bring you back down.
Everyone has a right to be upset about the process in which LeBron announced his decision—that was ill conceived. However, why was he vilified for the decision itself?
Ultimately what is forgotten in the whole process is that he was a FREE agent. The media especially, I remember watching Jay Crawford on ESPN First Take and he constantly ragged on the LeBron decision.
I understand it affected him because he is an Ohio native and a Cavalier fan but leave the emotion out of it, he did nothing wrong.
For all practical purposes he made the right business decision.
The reason I'm rambling on about this is to demonstrate the hypocrisy in the media. Brett Favre for the last three years has flirted with retirement.
The first time he gave us a teary retirement announcement only to rebuke that decision and play for the New York Jets. Then again after playing a year for the Jets he mentioned retirement, only to play for Minnesota the following year.
So of course, imagine the "shock" this year when Favre hinted he wanted to retire. Did everyone really expect him to retire? Okay he had an ankle injury that you could argue would keep him retired this year.
But, wasn't it a shoulder problem after his year with the Jets that had us thinking he would retire that time?
In the end it's the same old song and dance.
When you first listen to a good song you love it and want to hear it all the time, but the problem is after a while you grow tired of that song and suddenly you begin to hate it.
It's the same reason why I stopped listening to radio and now have lost all respect for ESPN. Why do we cover Favre coming back as if it is a story?
Better question why not the same vitriol for Favre who constantly puts us through the same process every year. The only difference between Favre and LeBron is that he didn't hold a one hour special.
Yet I can't help but picture Favre sitting at home thinking "Damn why didn't I think of that?"
Will ESPN tear him down when Favre finally does retire? No, they hold Favre to a different standard then LeBron.
Yes, LeBron left his hometown team, we get it. Let's not forget Favre put his former franchise through the same "waiting to exhale" process, but, instead of free agency, he was mulling over retirement.
Here we stand three years later and now Favre is more than likely to play again for Minnesota. A division rival of the team he once called home.
The question remains, why does Favre get special treatment while LeBron gets thrown under the bus?
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