As I write this, I am still stunned that CBS, ESPN and most major sports media outlets made the decision not to air the injury to Louisville’s Kevin Ware on Sunday. Yep, as a grown man with a wife, two kids a mortgage, etc., they decided that a compound leg fracture was far too much for my sensitive eyes.
The decision to withhold this news story from the public is simply childish. I’ve watched wars live on TV I watched Nick Berg’s assassination by terrorists and I’ve see people jumping out of the twin towers to their deaths, but I can’t watch a basketball play break his leg. I feel like I am living with my mother.
CBS and ESPN have tossed any and all credibility they had left with me following this decision, to censor the news is simply not acceptable.
Not showing the video is a desperate and soft reaction the shrieks of “non” sports fans watching, yes, I am talking about women who worry about little Joey seeing a broken leg. The networks are attempting to appeal to these soccer moms by softening sports at every turn. Look at the myriad of changes we’ve seen in sports already, the lame and far too subjective “helmet to helmet” rule, the running back ruling that was just approved by the NFL and the crackdown on fighting in the NHL. I’m afraid to ask what is next, no lunging to block a shot in a basketball game for fear of gruesomely breaking your leg? I don’t see where it ends.
Playing sports is hard, if it weren’t, everybody would play. The answer isn’t softening it to avoid unfortunate injuries. The athletes understand the risks of sports and for the most part they can deal with and recover from injuries.
The absolute social media mania that went on after Ware’s injury is pathetic and sad, unfortunately all the social has a tendency to dictate policy. People need to get a grip and look at the big picture, sometime stuff happens, dealing with it in an adult manner should be the reaction, not “thoughts and prayers” for a kid who was walking 24 hours after the injury happened.
It’s OK to be sensitive and thoughtful, but over sensitivity and panic seem to be the first reaction too anything that shocks us.
Get a grip!