Tag:Fox Sports
Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:42 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 9:19 am

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember when Jay Cutler got injured in the NFC Championship Game and everyone freaked out about him being tough? That was a big story in 2010. It's still -- for whatever reason -- kind of important.

Probably because it gets fans riled up. But that doesn't excuse FOX Sports creating fake newspaper headlines on Sunday to run as an on-screen graphic.

Per Jim Romenesko of Poynter, Fox announcer Daryl Johnston told viewers that "these are the actual headlines from the local papers in Chicago" as the following "newspaper clips" rolled across the screen:
  • Cutler Leaves With Injury
  • Cutler Lacks Courage
  • Cutler's No Leader
The Chicago Tribune saw this graphic, realized those seemed strange and "searched throughout Illinois newspapers for those headlines -- Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily Herald, every other paper in the state."

And guess what? They found no such headlines. So they asked FOX Sports about it, and FOX admitted that such newspaper headlines never existed.

"The wrong word was used,” said Dan Bell, Fox Sports spokesman. "Our attempt was to capture the overall sentiment nationwide following that game."

"It was misleading."

As Gregg Rosenthall points out at PFT, "misleading" is a bit of an understatement -- it's just, um, "lying." Or, at the very least, "purposely distorting the clear-cut truth."

The reality is that most Chicago-area papers defended Cutler following the NFC Championship Game -- it was NFL players (like, say Maurice Jones-Drew) who ripped Cutler publicly. Fox didn't have to look that hard to figure out a way to stir up some controversy with Bears fans.

And yet they did anyway, continuing an outstanding year for Rupert Murdoch-owned media properties.

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 3:37 pm

Terry Bradshaw suffering from concussion symptoms

Posted by Will Brinson

The latest former player to speak out against long-term concussion symptoms is a big name: FOX Sports NFL pregame host Terry Bradshaw, who revealed on Tuesday that he's suffering from short-term memory loss and the loss of hand-eye coordination as a result of brain injuries suffered when he was in the NFL.

Bradshaw's credentials as a football player -- two Super Bowl MVPs and four Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers -- are second-to-none. And although he only works for the second-best NFL pregame show on television, it's impossible to argue that he's not highly recognizable.

Which means his recent statements, both at a charity event in Louisiana and in a recent first-person piece at FOXSports.com, should carry a lot of weight.

"I forgot the numbers. It's pretty staggering; if you play in the NFL and start for 10 years, it's not good. It is not good," Bradshaw said according to KTBS.com 

Bradshaw also said he believed he suffered six concussions during his playing days, as well as numerous hits that caused him to "clear the cobwebs." (Read: probably a concussion.) And he confirmed these symptoms in his piece at FOX, published on Tuesday afternoon, in which he discussed his decision to make these problems public. 

"Why did I go public?" Bradshaw wrote. "Well, I thought it would be good for a lot of players for this to get out, for me to tell my story because I was a quarterback. I know how much my late center Mike Webster suffered. I can only imagine what a lot of defensive players from my era are going through. I’ve talked with Howie Long about this. He understands what I’m going through. I just thought it would good for them to hear what I had to say. I also think other players should speak up and say what they’ve been experiencing. It’s good for the soul and your brain."

Bradshaw also said that during the "toward the end of last season on the FOX pregame show, maybe the last six weeks, I really started to forget things."

Bradshaw detailed how he's been taking medicine to boost his memory, and how his short-term memory loss led to anxiety, which led to depression.

Perhaps most importantly, he dropped a line about the state of concussion treatment in the NFL -- "But it's nowhere where it needs to be." -- that should ring loud and clear for everyone in and around the NFL.

The long-term effects of concussions are absolutely debilitating, and any discussion of player safety shouldn't be simply a backdrop or leverage mechanism for labor negotiations. It should be priority No. 1.

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