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As ESPN has made abundantly clear, Pac Man Jones got into a fight with his body guard on Wednesday. Big Deal.  Who the heck cares?

Two adult people have a minor incident in private that comes to blows.  They’re over it.  Why are we discussing it?

Let’s make this as clear as possible:

1) The NFL only cares about your behavior if it makes the league look bad.

2) The only way this makes the league look bad is if it makes the press.

3) The press, and in this case very much ESPN, makes this a story because they know if they do, it BECOMES a story.  If they hit it, the NFL has to take action, and the NFL taking action is the real story.

4) In other words, Pac Man Jones did nothing to hurt the league, ESPN did.

Some of you will instantly argue with me that Pac Man is a thug or a criminal or whatever.  But the truth is that there is pushing and shoving in locker rooms all the time that doesn’t get reported.  And the only difference between this and a locker room incident is that it was in a hotel.  I repeat.  Two adults had a minor scuffle in a hotel.  If they were named Joe Blow and John Doe, this wouldn’t have made local news, much less national news.  Heck, it isn’t even fit for a rerun of Cops.

This is a prime example of the media thinking it is bigger than the story, and it is wrong.  Pac Man Jones should be left alone unless he does something actually wrong. Feel free to argue in the comments box.

-DW

 

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