PFT- On Monday, ESPN sent NFL insider Adam Schefter to Mississippi for an “exclusive” interview of free-agent Greg Hardy that a grand total of zero other media outlets were angling to get. It didn’t go well for Hardy. At least one other ESPN personality believes it didn’t go well for ESPN.
“I feel dirty in that this guy has no job right now, and for some reason we’ve decided as a network that we’re going to give him the stage for his redemption tour as he basically goes out and tries to find some employment,” Michelle Beadle said on Tuesday’s SportsNation. “I don’t understand why we’re doing that. If he wants to figure out a way to get his message out there — which by the way, he hasn’t said he did anything wrong, so how a man is supposed to convince anybody he’s changed and yet not admit to actually doing anything? I have no idea. But why we’re giving him the forum to go out there and tell anybody that is where I’m a little bit confused.”
First and foremost, I have no problem with Michelle Beadle feeling "dirty". As a matter of fact, as a woman that works for a huge company that just gave a known domestic abuser a huge platform to try to ingratiate himself to the public she should feel kinda dirty. However, unless she has any plans to give back part of her paycheck then she should keep that self pity to herself. The reason why Michelle Beadle is doing so well for herself at ESPN is because ESPN is big business, and means that they don't need to have a moral code. You know why the 'Worldwide Leader in Sports' gave Greg Hardy a chance to explain himself? It's because their strangle hold on that title is nowhere near as strong as it used to be. In a world where people no longer have to watch 'Sportscenter' on loop ten times a night to stay in tune with the up-to-the-minute happenings of the sports world, the exposure that a dirtbag like Greg Hardy gave them is invaluable. I have written approximately 5 blogs about Greg Hardy trying to explain himself. Shit, EVERYONE has. That interview got eyes on ESPN. It got people talking. That's why they did it.
And you know what, Michelle Beadle should really just be happy that the interview couldn't have gone any better in terms of making Greg Hardy look like the completely detached buffoon that he has already proven to be. She can be upset that ESPN had Adam Schefter sit up there and lob cupcake questions at an absolute psychopath to make him look sympathetic, but she should take solace in the fact that he was too dumb to make the most of the opportunity. Who cares if Shefter thinks Greg Hardy is a changed man? Clearly his ability to read people requires the use of brail, because everyone with functioning ears and eyes came away from that interview thinking even less of Greg Hardy. That's really all that matters, because someone who works for ESPN should already be pretty familiar with their proclivity to doing anything and everything for clicks and views.