After being dragged over the coals for their lack of Ben Roethlisberger coverage, ESPN has decided they’d throw their two cents in, as long as it delivered the story in a favorable light towards Big Ben. See, Mike Florio feels because they were “late” to the party, ESPN wouldn’t join in unless they could “advance the story” in their own right (overheard him say this during an interview on KC’s 610 Sports). Apparently, leading your coverage by saying, “Big Ben won’t be criminally investigated” and then going into the particulars frames the story in certain way.
One that indicates where ESPN is leaning.
And hey, that’s their prerogative as a sports news outlet, but still, waiting until there’s something “positive” — for Roethlisberger, anyway — to report the story does nothing to alleviate the feeling the WWL is trying to protect their interests and its partnership with the NFL.