LeGarrette Blount Should Sue The NFLMay 16th, 2012
Update 1:54 p.m. NFL.com has changed the headline that prompted this story. Joe is pleased by the response.
Sniffing around NFL.com this morning, Joe found the following headline on the NFL.com home page: “Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount Is Delusional.”
It’s on a post from Gregg Rosenthal, who likely didn’t write the headline, though there’s a reasonable chance he did.
Now one could make a case that calling someone “delusional” is an acceptable insult, though one could argue that it crosses a line into questioning one’s mental state and mental health. (Feel free to grab a dictionary). But regardless, Joe finds this kind of headline commentary on the home page of Blount’s employer, the NFL, completely unacceptable.
Team Glazer helps fund this drivel? Somebody at One Buc Palace needs to make a phone call.
In the new media world sports leagues deliver their own commentary and craft their own media in an effort to drive revenue and interest in their respective league. But when is it out of bounds for a league to start insulting its own players? Joe thinks this slam at Blount is a great example of something inappropriate.
Joe hopes Blount, purely on principle, finds an attorney and sues the NFL for libel and finds an employment lawyer to come after the league, or maybe the precious players union can have Blount’s back.
Joe suspects some lawyer somewhere could make a reasonable case that the NFL is acting maliciously against Blount and subsequently affecting his career potential.
Now Joe’s all in favor of free speech, but there’s some serious gray area when your employer is torching you personally on the company website.