From CNN: “Editor’s note: Roxanne Jones is a founding editor of ESPN The Magazine and a former vice president at ESPN. She is a national lecturer on sports, entertainment and women’s topics and a recipient of the 2010 Woman of the Year award from Women in Sports and Events. She is the author of “Say It Loud: An Illustrated History of the Black Athlete” (Random House) and is CEO of Push Media Strategies and is working on her second book.
“My prized Penn State sweatshirt sits stuffed in the back of my closet.
“The oversized ‘We Are Penn State’ license plate that once perched above the door of my ESPN office, has been put away, along with photos of me as a proud, smiling cheerleader for the Nittany Lions.
“And weeks ago when my son received his very first college acceptance letter from my alma mater, Penn State — a moment I thought would be one of the pinnacles in my life — we both tossed the letter aside and prayed that he’d get accepted into a “better school.” (Our prayers were answered.)
“I have Jerry Sandusky to thank for this change of heart.
“Seeing this unimaginable story unfold for months has altered my perspective on sports forever. I’ve worked as a sports journalist for more than 15 years, but through all the steroid stories, the accounts of domestic abuse, the gambling and corruption cases, I never lost my joy for sports — football coming first in my world order.
“Then Jerry Sandusky happened and I felt sick.
“Though most sports journalists will never admit this, the main goal in sports reporting is to celebrate and illuminate the games. Constantly uncovering ugly issues in sports does not make a sports reporter a superstar at the office. Sports media are just too close to the games financially and socially to fully examine the depths of sports culture.”
The full article is here.
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