White Mike: Controversial picture crosses racial lines
ESPN, my favorite media outlet, has been known to tip-toe controversial lines to break quality stories. Well, they've finally crossed the line with their latest piece. ESPN the magazine has been running an ongoing story surveying NFL player's opinions on quarterback Michael Vick. The topics discussed were whether Vick was well-liked, whether his prison sentence was just and whether he had been treated fairly by the NFL.
Then the story took a racial turn. A question on the survey asked players if they felt Vick would have been treated differently if he were white. 58-percent of the players agreed his treatment would have different if he were white. Where ESPN completely dropped the ball is when they posted a picture of a white version of Michael Vick.
For a company that has made great business decisions in the past, this has to be one of the worst. Maybe George Bodenheimer, company president, didn't know that people used to paint their faces black and white to entertain others while degrading blacks in the process. This picture takes away one man's identity to fatten another mans pocket. They sold Vick out to sell a story. For a billion dollar company who usually gets things right, ESPN sure got this one all wrong.