Michael O’Brien and Yellow Journalism

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Does it matter if the allegation is grounded?  Does it matter if the “rumor” destroys a young mans and his family’s reputation?

Not to the Chicago Sun Times and Michael O’Brien.

What matters is hits on the Blog or News Site.

O’Brien has destroyed Anthony Davis’ reputation.  He’s destroyed the reputation of his father.

Now.  It may come to pass that the allegations are grounded.  We’ll probably never know.

What we do know is that O’Brien printed rumors.  Supposedly he has three sources who claim that Mr. Davis demanded $200,000 in exchange for the services of his son. Well, it was $200,000 in the first iteration.  The first claim.  Now, it’s between 125,000 and 150,000 US Dollars in the new allegations by O’Brien and the Chicago Sun Times.

What is certain now is that it’s time.  Time for the UKAA to take a stand.  It’s time for accountability.

If Pat Forde is behind all of the late shenanigans as Marc Maggard claims, it’s time for Forde to be brought to heel.  Time for him to be put in his place.

Calipari bends the rules.  Thus far he’s not been proen to have broken a rule.  No major violation has been pinned to his collar.  That doesn’t stop the media from attempting to hold him accountable for everything from his players Grade School transcripts to their birth certificates.

The NCAA needs to clean up their act as well.  Streamline that megalith of a rule book and put out a guideline that makes sense.  One that actually protects the prospective Student Athlete rather than one simply designed to maintain that tax status.

After all, this system is supposed to be FOR the Student Athlete.  It’s not supposed to be simply and singularly about making the NCAA money and keeping the Executive Administrators and Coaches wealthy.

O’Brien and Forde and all of these other journalists claim that College Sports has lost it’s purity.  They blame that loss on everything under the sun.  Everything except for the primary cause is labelled a plague on College Sports.

The NCAA is the problem and the Sports Media is the enabler for this all powerful conglomeration.  The shadowy nexus of big money and byzantine rules designed to maximize profits and keep kids from breaking into that gargantuan piggy bank of multi-million dollar TV contracts and Sports Apparel Marketing.

Until the NCAA faces itself in the mirror, all of these problems are simply going to stack up like so many 15 second skeletons in Rick Pitino’s love closet.

I’m tired of it.

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I don’t know why UKAA has let it go on this long.  It’s time for real accountability.  I’m not talking

about 16 and 17 year old kids being held accountable.  It’s time to hold the adults in the big house responsible.

O’Brien, name your sources.  Anthony Davis and his father are entitled to face their accusers.  This is

America after all.  Where one is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.  That’s simply not the case with the media.  With the commisars of the media, one is guilty until proven

innocent.  This case highlights that sad fact of life in American popular culture.

These sources are just as liable for their deceit.  Have they self reported to the NCAA or did they simply keep the ammunition for a rainy day when they could smear the recruit and the school to which he commits.  If they did not report, they are just as guilty as the school who allegedly paid the Davis family.

I’m sick and tired of these hypocrits.  It’s time to make people accountable for their words.

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