Dropping the Ball(s)
Victoria Wilhelm

This was great! I think that there is a deeper problem with consumer demands. I don’t think ESPN would highlight the Ball family fiasco so much if we didn’t crave the narrative. If nobody cared, it wouldn’t be a story. I think ESPN figured out that we love to hate people, and they are capitalizing on that. This is a similar scenario to Richard Sherman. Compare his publicity and sponsorship deals now to before his rant about Crabtree. Just like Sherman, Lavar knows what he is doing, and so does ESPN. I think part of the responsibility lies with ESPN to have higher journalistic standards, but I think we have to do better too. Can you blame them for conjuring up the Ball narrative if we keep tuning in?