NFL Draft 2011: Ryan Mallett Story False...Irresponsible Journalism Must Stop

Alex Roberts@@alexCoAbassCorrespondent IApril 20, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks looks to pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Recently, a story "broke" about Ryan Mallett being too hung over to attend a meeting with the Carolina Panthers. This became a pretty large story, with fans all over the country making claims about how horrible a human being he is due to this sort of activity. 

Then today, the truth came out

From the previously linked CBS article:

“There is absolutely no truth to the unfounded and irresponsible report that Ryan skipped his visit with the Carolina Panthers on April 9 because he was too sick after a late night out on the town the previous night. Rather, Ryan had dinner with club officials from the Panthers on the evening of April 8 and then returned to his hotel that evening along with Julio Jones. Ryan and Julio were together the entire time that evening until Ryan and Julio turned in for the night around 10:00-10:30 pm.

“Upon returning to his hotel room, Ryan became ill and was up most of the night and into the morning with flu-like symptoms. Keep in mind that this was Ryan’s fourth team visit in the previous week and that Ryan had crisscrossed the country with stops in Cincinnati, Fayetteville, Seattle, Fayetteville again and Minneapolis before Charlotte.

Nevertheless, Ryan met with Panthers representatives on the morning of April 9 as scheduled and informed the club at that time that he was extremely sick. Carolina officials decided to send Ryan back to his hotel room for some medicine and additional rest in hopes that they could meet with Ryan later that morning. Ryan did as instructed and contacted Panther officials later that morning to resume his meetings with club officials. However, given that Ryan was still sick, Carolina officials decided to cancel the remainder of Ryan’s visit with the team.”

—From the Agents

“Ryan Mallett came for a visit to Charlotte two weeks ago. He had dinner with our coaches the evening he arrived and came down from his hotel room for a scheduled breakfast meeting the following morning upon which time he informed a staff member that he had been sick all night with nausea. We told Ryan that if he was ill to remain in his room as long as the nausea existed. We took him to the airport later that afternoon for his scheduled flight.”

—Carolina Panthers

So, you are telling me that Mallett did show up and the Panthers sent him home because he was ill? You mean he toughed it out and the Panthers actually treated him the way a human being should be treated? To me, there really is a story in there somewhere—something positive. But of course, the media spins it to be more like TMZ. 

All entertainment, no substance. 

Between this and all of the ridiculous and personal attacks on Cam Newton, Nick Fairley missing the Dolphins meeting last week and the ignoring of facts involving players from all over the country, the media is becoming a storm of lies and sensationalism.

Yeah, breaking news, right?

However, this year has seen a major spike in sensationalist news stories. It has become an epidemic in sports that needs to be stopped.

Another non-draft-related example is Stephen Garcia of South Carolina. His suspensions have been highly shown in the media, and some of the information has been false. 

His first suspension was about something that happened before the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Media outlets said that he was partying the night before the game with a room full of naked women.

The truth was much less insidious. It was a few days before the game and did not involve any naked women.

His most recent suspension? According to "sources," he was "drunk" at an important meeting.

Also false.

Media journalists just make up whatever story pleases them with no remorse for the ramifications. How come there aren't more libel cases?

Easy...the "journalistic integrity" of protecting sources.

It is a sad state when the reality TV drama-infused members of society feel as though we need to be entertained with stories such as these. Can we just get back to sports?

My guess?

No, we can't...and society is a weaker place because of it.