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Is There a Media Crusade Against the NFL?

On MediaBuzz Sunday, Howard Kurtz tackled whether the media has unfairly targeted the NFL in the aftermath of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson domestic violence incidents.

“I like football, I like watching football, I grew up playing football on the street…but I think it’s been appalling what the National Football League has done,” Kurtz said. “Not that we should hold the NFL to a higher standard, but we should hold it to some decent standard of behavior for players who do this kind of thing off the field. I think this is no longer a news story. I think this has become a cultural moment.”


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Stephen Colbert Skewers Hannity’s Adrian Peterson Defense, Whips Out His Belt

Stephen Colbert took on Fox News’ “senior Nerf football chucker” Sean Hannity last night, spoofing Hannity’s coverage of Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson‘s child abuse suspension.

“I think Hannity is right on this one,” Colbert began. “Adrian Peterson went too far, but the man deserves a second chance. After all, Sean’s dad whipped him with a belt, and he never had to go to a psychotherapist. He just has to have them on his show three times a week.” After whipping out his belt to mock what Hannity had done on Wednesday, Colbert concluded, “keep up the good work Sean. I’ll see you at the group on Wednesday.”

A reminder that the British media play by different rules

Imagine if Deadspin had run pictures of a married football player’s genitals alongside the name of the woman who had received those pictures – but didn’t print the player’s name because they were forbidden by law. It’s an odd scenario that seems impossible in the United States, but is somehow within the realm of possibility in Great Britain, where the latest soccer philandering scandal has resulted in the woman, Imogen Thomas, a model and TV personality, being identified while the married Premier League player she’s been having an affair with remains anonymous – and by court order.

The distraught former Miss Wales said she phoned the player last week after learning details of their affair had leaked out. Tearful Imogen told how she begged him to use his influence to suppress the story – in the hope they could keep their relationship alive. He told her: “I’ll look after you.” But she says they were the last words the footballer said to her. Instead the player, a married father, took action to protect his wholesome image. Within hours Imogen was served a draconian High Court gagging order, which threatened her with jail. Then a judge ruled her name could be made public – while her mega-rich lover’s identity must remain protected.

As the Daily Mail explains,

The High Court order bans the media from identifying the multi-millionaire star, meaning he joins a rogue’s gallery of footballers who have exploited the might of the law to hide their alleged marital misdemeanours. Mr Justice Eady’s draconian ruling prevents the media from revealing any identifying features of the footballer. In effect, it means fans whose sporting idols are raking in millions of pounds in sponsorship deals can never know if the star in the adverts they watch might be concealing a sordid secret.

Boston Victory Means Bill Simmons Is Tweeting Again

The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 9-6 Friday afternoon for their first win of the season, which means Bill Simmons is back on Twitter.

Nice curveball by Simmons with an American Idol tweet instead of talking about the Red Sox.