Before last week I lived by only a few truths in this world. Death, Taxes, ESPN Mock Drafts, and that Wrangler commercials accurately depicted how Brett Favre lived his life. Fast forward to this week and I’m still paying taxes and preparing for death, but my two other solids in life are taking a solid beating.
Tackling Favre’s issue first. Favre is accused by deadspin.com of having sent indecent pictures of his penis to a jets employee two years ago. Roger Goodell and the NFL are looking into the story and I’m sure we will learn more in the coming weeks. What do I think?
I find it hard to believe that Jenn Sterger really went public about something like this with a website like deadspin.com. The site consistently lacks a moral compass and in my personal opinion, constantly exploits women with their images. So who do we trust? A Golden Gun Slinger in wranglers or a woman who became famous for her looks? I have a hard time believing something didn’t happen, but I also have a hard time believing that this is the right avenue for someone to come forward with a case like this. If you think logically about the story, would anyone with credibility go to a website like TMZ or deadspin.com for justice?
Moving on to Mel Kiper of ESPN. Josh Luchs, a former NFL agent, came forward to Sports Illustrated about his dealings with college kids and how basically he would pay Student Athletes in hopes that they would eventually use his services. Not really a ground breaking story but a good read over at cnnsi.com. The damning piece of the story for Mel Kiper is as follows:
"Viper, how are you?" Gary said. That’s what he called Mel, Viper or Vipe. "Viper, I’m sitting here with the best defensive lineman in college football. Do you know who that is?"
"You must be with Willie Howard," Mel said.
Gary used Mel like that all the time. In the agent business, people know Gary and Mel are close, and some people suspect that Mel ranks players more favorably if they are Gary’s clients
I’ll be the first to say that I could care less if this hurts Mel Kiper’s career, but you have to believe that it will. The reason he has a job with ESPN is to legitimately break down NFL drafts with an unbiased opinion. If any of this is even remotely true, it’s going to be kind of hard to listen to him in April as he breaks down a mock draft. See: Kiper has denied any wrong doing according to profootballtalk.com and ESPN’s Mike and Mike Radio show.