Tuesday, August 19, 2008

ESPN Continues to Lie for the sake of...whom?

by Ken Houghton

Although ESPN is officially a, er, Sports Center that uses video, they appear not to be able to see themselves, judging by a paragraph in this piece:
Moore, then a forward with the Colorado Avalanche, suffered severe neck and head injuries in the March 8, 2004 incident, when Bertuzzi sucker punched him from behind, knocking him unconscious to the ice. Moore has not played professional hockey since.

As Joan Collins once observed, "A lie is a very poor way to say hello."

Long-time readers will know this is not the first time ESPN has told this lie. I'll say again what I said then:

Found the video on YouTube. No embedding, and not recommended for the faint of heart. This is a family blog.

ESPN's continued efforts to lie about this do it no favors.

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So are you saying that Bertuzzi did not sucker punch Moore?

If not a sucker punch - wtf was it?

I would argue that "sucker punch" is far too nice of a phrase, while "knocking him unconscious to the ice" is an outright lie.

If I sucker punch you, you may or may not fall to the ice. If I then grab you from behind and smash you into the ice, riding your back, neck, and head for several feet, would you then describe it solely as a "sucker punch"?
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