You probably never heard of this jerk except if you're a sports fan and watch ESPN occasionally. C&Lers know I keep an eye on the sports media as well as the MSM. Sports talk radio in Boston had a big impact on the Scott Brown election, so I'm making it a higher priority for upcoming elections.
I was watching ESPN's First Take on Friday with my morning coffee to get going on Friday. Eric Kuselias was subbing for Skip Bayless, who is their prime-time debater of sports topics. What First Take does is this: after discussing some current sports news, they go into a series of debates between two people on what they believe are the "hot topics" of the day.
Big Ben's sex case came up in their debate segment first, and Eric Kuselias was defending Ben and saying his reputation got tarnished after they read an out-of-context line from the new report about the case. Eric made it sound like the woman wanted it, but if you read the new report you would have come to a much different conclusion, since the young woman claims to have said said "no" twice to Ben. I was stunned by his remarks and it jolted me awake much more than a cup of smokey Joe. Is Kuselias kidding me? I could understand if he said we need more information to make a better determination, but to stick up for Ben as if he was smeared was utterly ridiculous.
I write this because the sports world has their own Village and Eric was doing his part as an apologist. I'm sorry I don't have the video to show you. Why is ESPN even using this man? Steven Bardo sat there like another half wit and didn't defend the young woman either. It's a boy's club just like Augusta it would appear. Read some of the comments from 4/16/2010 on their website and at least you'll see get some impressions of him on the show.
I just can't stand when a man of Big Ben's size and fame take advantage of a young woman. I'd gladly challenge Kuselias to a debate about this issue on ESPN. Why is it important to me? Because people like Eric belittle a woman's right to decide how and when they should have sexual relations.
ESPN has live chats, so I guess C&Lers can leave some comments there asking for me to debate him or anyone on their staff. You can also twitter them about it here. If he's too afraid then I'll take on any of their debaters including Skip. He was off for a couple of days, so he had no part in the discussion, but whatever rocks their boat.