A semi-retired sports journalist from the Washington Post wrote that he has one regret after 40 years of covering football: "not focusing more of my reporting and writing on the absolute brutality of the sport, particularly the painful post-football lives of so many players."
While the NFL players settled a lawsuit against the NFL regarding serious injury brought on by game action and many journalists covered that case, journalists still tend to celebrate the violent actions that are common in football, like the massive hit in the video above (which won an ESPY and was seemingly on permanent loop for a while).
Should journalists govern their enthusiasm with episodes like this? Or should we show the clip over and over again, as that is what fans love?
Do we have an obligation to entertain or should we be cautioning people that for every massive tackle, there is someone being tackled?
6 months ago