Last week I said that for purely financial reasons, Disney needs your kids to play football. Disney (parent of ESPN) needs to keep ESPN from executing journalistic excellence in the wake of the NFL’s CTE scandal and the mounting evidence that feeder systems from Pop Warner to the NCAA are playing with very real fire.
This week, we learned that recording artist M.I.A. is being sued by the NFL for breaching a good faith agreement about the respectability level of her performance alongside Madonna at last year’s Super Bowl. M.I.A’s lawyer, Howard King, had this to say (which ESPN, to their credit, delighted in sharing):
“Of course, the NFL’s claimed reputation for wholesomeness is hilarious in light of the weekly felonies committed by its stars, the bounties placed by coaches on opposing players, the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players, the complete disregard for the health of players and the premature deaths that have resulted from same, and the raping of public entities ready to sacrifice public funds to attract teams.”