Jeff Fisher Goes on the Attack Against ESPN, Josina Anderson

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NFL head coaches tend to have a relationship with their players that extend to off the football field. They give off-field advice, tutor them on the issues that are presented to players in the real world and get offensive when players are unfairly scrutinized by the media and skeptics. 

This is exactly what St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher did in defense of rookie defensive end Michael Sam, who (as widely known) is the first openly gay NFL player. The day after ESPN ran a story on Sam’s showering habits, Fisher took to the media in order to throw some stones in the direction of the “sports leader” and reporter Josina Anderson.

And it was quite awesome (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

I’m extremely disappointed in her (Josina Anderson). I think it’s unethical,” Fisher continued. “I think it’s very, very unprofessional. Not only the piece itself, the content. The manner in which she did it.

Obviously she came in, in all likelihood to see if there was gonna be a roster move at the 75 cutdown as it relates to Mike Sam. That didn’t happen. But she needed to do something, and it’s my understanding that she manufactured this story.

If you have watched the “report,” it is nothing more than Anderson attempting to make up a story that shows a Rams locker room uncomfortable with a gay player on the team. In an awesome turn of events, multiple Rams players refused to play into the dialogue. And defensive end Chris Long even decided to take to Twitter in order to air his issues.

Long had every right to react in that way. Anderson seemingly hell-bent on making up a story about Sam’s locker room and showering habits and how it might impact players on the team is playing to the idea that ESPN is turning into a shock-jock television station more than anything else.

For his part, Fisher wasn’t done.

She was out of line because she went and contacted several players on their personal time. Misled them with questions and then put this piece together.

I’m disappointed for Mike…I’m disappointed for the players who she put in this position, and mostly I’m disappointed for her because she felt what she was doing was right _ and it wasn’t right.

Let’s hope this non-story collects dust as we move on to the NFL regular season and Sam attempts to make his dream come true by earning a spot on the 53-man roster. Unfortunately, outlets like ESPN may never let the “story” die down.

Photo: NY Daily News

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8 Comments

  1. This was a dumb report by ESPN. ESPN ought to fire Josina Anderson. Who cares what Michael Sam does in the shower. Ms. Anderson might as well have told whether or not his penis us uncut and whether or not he pulls back his foreskin to wash off his glans.

    Does he also wash his rectum? If so, does he use bar soap or a liquid soap? If he uses a bar soap does it have a string attached to it? Does he play “Drop the soap in the shower”?

    Anything else you want to tell us about Sam’s showering habits, Ms. Anderson? BTW, why are you so interested in what Sam does in the shower?

    If you are so interested in guys showering habits, why didn’t you just interview about 30 guys at random asking them specific questions such as suggested here and get a composite picture of guys showering habits in general.

    Wouldn’t that better satisfy your prurient interests, Ms. Anderson?

  2. ESPN IS MORHING INTO THE SPORTS VERSION OF THE VIEW. OLBERMAN IS PLAYS THE ROLE OF JOY MAHER. FULL OF HIMSELF BACK TO THE DAYS THAT MADE MSNBC 86 HIM

  3. Has anybody ask her how many men has she showered with? I know that is out of line but it’s the same thing that she did! WRONG WRONG WRONG. ESPN ‘s women are getting to noisy or are they just trying to hard to make a name for themselves? They even go after their own reporters and TV hosts . They are giving women a bad name and if they don’t want to be BANNED from the locker room than stop fabricating stories!

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