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Posts Tagged ‘Brad Nessler’

Barstool Sports Editor Pulls Pics of Brady's Son After Visit from State Police

Barstool Sports editor David Portnoy pulled photos of Tom Brady‘s naked 20-month-old son off his website after a visit from Massachusetts state police, who told him the pictures were causing unnecessary headaches for a lot of people. A lot of people had called to complain, and the state attorney general’s office opened a preliminary investigation as to whether posting the pictures constituted child exploitation.

“I’ve never had cops knock on my door for anything in my life,” Portnoy said in an interview with the Boston Globe yesterday. “That is not a coincidence that this is one of the first times I’ve taken something down.”

The pictures showed the baby frolicking on the beach with his mother, Gisele Bundchen. Portnoy did not take the photos, but drew fire for his decision to post them alongside commentary about the size of the boy’s genitalia. That didn’t sit well with many readers, nor with the producer at WEEI radio station in Boston. Portnoy had been a regular on-air guest, but was dropped after posting the pictures.

“What he did was completely irresponsible,” Jason Wolfe, the station’s vice president of programming, wrote on Twitter. “It’s not about whether he was allowed to do it or not. It’s about common decency. And he showed none.”

Lawyers said Portnoy would probably not face child pornography charges because he did not appear to have “lascivious intent” in posting the picture. Some said that posting the images may have violated the child’s privacy rights, depending on where the photographs were taken.

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After Mendenhall 9-11 tweets, teammate Clark says 'social media is ruining the world'

After his teammate Rashard Mendenhall attracted a firestorm of criticism for going on Twitter and saying some questionable things about 9-11 and Osama bin Laden, Steelers safety Ryan Clark went on the radio and said “social media is ruining the world.”

First, here are Mendenhall’s comments about 9-11: “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”

Looks like someone has seen “Loose Change” and been rather impressed with the “findings.”

Then here are his comments about bin Laden’s death and the widespread joy that greeted the news: “What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side.”

Needless to say, a lot of people took exception to these opinions. Clark, for his part, put some of the blame on Twitter, which gives everyone the ability to quickly (and sometimes regrettably) share their knee-jerk reactions.

“Facebook and Twitter are probably going to be responsible for more divorces than infidelity coming up here soon,” Clark said. “(Mendenhall) didn’t claim that those opinions were shared by anyone else but himself. That was what he chose to put out there. I knew he was going to catch a lot of flak for it, I knew there was going to be a lot of backlash toward those comments, but he’s entitled to put whatever he wants to put on his Twitter page. The thing you have to know these days, though, if you do put those type of things out there, people are going to comment on them. It’s going to make news. It’s going to be a big deal when you do something that controversial. A long as he can stand by his statements then he’s free to do whatever he wants.”

Well, Mendenhall chose to erase the tweet about a plane being able to take down a skyscraper, but his comment about bin Laden’s death remains on Twitter.

(Source: Pro Football Talk)

Reason #35 Why I Don't Listen To Mike & Mike In The Morning

Yes, that’s ESPN’s Mike Greenberg dressed as Justin Bieber.

No, I have nothing else witty to add. The photo speaks for itself.

[H/T Deadspin]

Rick Reilly Really Likes the Words "Tiny," "Large," "Very," and "Nice"

We’ve mentioned the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective before, but they’ve really outdone themselves with their latest post.

Ben Blatt uses a couple complicated formulas to compare the writing styles of luminaries Bill Simmons, Jason Whitlock, and Rick Reilly.

Blatt wonders if he can determine the author of a column based on word usage. The results: His equation goes six-for-six in predicting who wrote a given column. In fact, the formula overwhelmingly points out the correct author.

But that’s not the best part of the study. Read more

Survey: Web Best News Source For Sports Fans

In a survey with 2,700 “sports fans,” the Internet (31.5 percent) was considered the best place for sports information over television programming (30.4 percent) according to Burst Media.

Comparing the two genders, male sports fans are likely to say the Internet is the best place for sports content (36.6 percent) compared to female sports fans who give the edge to TV (36.2 percent).

In general, sports fans are using the web to check scores and stats (59.2 percent), to read sports-related news (47.4 percent) and to watch sports-related video clips.

Ranking surprisingly low on the list was using the Internet to play fantasy sports (11.8 percent). Read more