This week, ESPN's 30 for 30 series drew a lot of attention with it's latest film "Broke". The film documented the trials and tribulations many professional athletes endure during their time in sports and especially once their careers come to an end.
The NFL Players Association took quite the exception to comments made by ESPN's Darren Rovell as they have issued a "Letter to the Editor" detailing Rovell's comments and firmly disputing the factual nature of his comments in the feature.
The NFLPA appears to not only be agitated at Rovell himself, but at ESPN as an entity.
In Rovell’s initial report, he incorrectly published that “players cannot choose a financial advisor outside the program.” After being contacted by the NFLPA, the story was changed. However, contrary to journalistic standards, ESPN.com did not issue an editor’s note indicating an error had been corrected in the original.
The NFLPA was contacted multiple times dating back to March 2012 by an ESPN staff member fact checking for “Broke.” Every question presented was given a prompt, thorough, accurate response. Despite these efforts, though, we were disappointed to see the flippant, inaccurate comments made by this media personality in the film. When it comes to the NFLPA, Rovell has a track record of bad analysis and uninformed opinion.
This is our effort to correct that record.
The entire letter can be read here.