I think we’ve established that ESPN should have reported on Ben Roethlisberger’s lawsuit last week, and that we’ve all moved on. Well apparently the Sports Reporters haven’t. The civil suit was the opening topic on the show over the weekend, and it sparked a war of words between, Mitch Albom (Detroit Free Press) and Bill Rhoden (NY Times). Tom Jones of TampaBay.com took notes….

ESPN’s Sports Reporters got a little testy Sunday when Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom and New York Times columnist Bill Rhoden got into an argument about Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who is being accused in a civil lawsuit of sexually assaulting a woman. The argument essentially started because Rhoden came off highly critical of Roethlisberger. Albom, who made a point of saying he didn’t know whether Roethlisberger was guilty, brought up the possibility that the allegations are false, saying, “There are many women who make false claims.”

To which Rhoden said: “Many? Name five.”

Albom said, “You sound as if you already presume he has already done this.”

Rhoden: “I’m presuming he put himself in a bad position.”

Jones notes that Mike Lupica then pulled the reins in on the argument, and the topic was quickly switched (presumably to Brett Favre). It’s actually a bit ironic that ESPN decided to ignore the fact the whole week, and then when it’s finally brought up in a debating format, the kibosh was quickly put on the topic. To say ESPN’s stance and reporting on this has been schizophrenic, is an understatement.

Shooting from the Lip/Monday edition (TampaBay.com)

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