I might just be at a loss for words, as this confirms that you were, in fact, at Deadspin. Brian, you have much better things to do with your time.
AJ Daulerio Is An Asshole
This is totally irrelevant to football and not something I'd usually post during the season, but circumstances demand it.
Who is this woman?
I don't know. You don't know. AJ Daulerio doesn't even know ("Who? Exactly."). She turns out to be Katie Lacey, anonymous middle management at ESPN. Disliked anonymous middle management. There are no doubt thousands of men and women across the country in a similar position, at Pottery Barn and Gap and McDonald's. Lacey has the misfortune to be working for a company that does sports in an era of anonymous tips to enormous sports blogs that lack anything resembling scruples. J'accuse!
What about the big shot marketing career woman who sleeps with the senior programmer at a major cable network. Why isn't her reputation ruined? Who will speak to "out" them? I want to remain anonymous, but I want someone to dig and write about this woman. Katie Lacey holds the top post at ESPN for marketing and she even has her name mentioned in an EEOC claim which ESPN is trying to keep quiet, wouldn't someone be interested in either of these things?
Why is this newsworthy? Why did this get plastered up on Deadspin, along with a picture of this woman? Because AJ Daulerio is having a hissy fit that ESPN wouldn't confirm his tips that Steve Phillips was boinking an unattractive 22-year-old:
After a call to ESPN public relations department asking about the "rumor" I was told that "I would be wrong" to print that story because it was inaccurate. Fine. I would have been. But natural follow-up question to these types of rumors, as per give-and-take protocol, is well, what's the real story then? Was there an incident with Phillips that Baseball Tonight people are concerned about? However I was summarily nothing-to-see-here-please-dispersed. …
And since the tenuous connection between rumor and fact for accuracy's sake has been a little eroded here, well, it's probably about time to just unload the inbox of all the sordid rumors we've received over the years about various ESPN employees.
"All the sordid rumors" turn out to be some radio host you've never heard of made a pass at someone and got suspended and is allegedly having sex with someone else at the company—not sex!—and that the woman above who you've never heard of has also had sex with other people at ESPN.
At least in the other cases there are the vague justifications that the people in question are public figures, and the acts in question are obviously immoral. As Mad Men teaches, sexual harassment is not fun unless you get to marry Roger Sterling. But all this woman—who is in no way a public figure—is accused of is having sex with other consenting adults. Daulerio's got some whiny point about how ESPN's policy about these sorts of things is convoluted and unevenly applied, which is a deeply fascinating thing for lawyers, ESPN employees, and no one else. His real aim is to lash out because he failed to get the Steve Phillips fatal attraction "scoop," for all the incredible social and ethical value that has. Whatever the point is, it obviously isn't anywhere close to justifying disseminating unconfirmed, bitchy emails about an anonymous middle manager's sex life. Daulerio just compromised that woman's quality of life for his own benefit. He did this because he's a child.
This is not new. Remember that Daulerio first came to prominence by getting shipped off to the Super Bowl, spying on a text message Stuart Scott was sending, and jumping to the conclusion that Scott was setting up a booty call. That's skeezy, man. Who cares if Scott is setting up a booty call? And don't you want anything approaching proof of that? It's one thing to speculate aimlessly about who's injured or what recruit is going where and entirely another to assert nasty personal things about people who aren't exactly committing felonies.
Daulerio's an embarrassment. As someone who runs a sports blog for a living his wanton flouting of common decency* makes me look like an asshole by proxy, and I don't appreciate it. Buzz Bissinger wasn't totally wrong. If he blew up again today, he'd be mostly right. Deadspin is sleaze, and little else. The overtanned dwarf with the child-molester mustache running it is a perfect representation of its true nature.
I might publish emails suggesting that Daulerio's fetishes include, amongst many, many other things, rubbing bananas all over his body and running through the primate house at the zoo, if I get any. I might not. I ain't sayin'.
*(Not even journalistic ethics, because Deadspin has never pretended to have any except when it's trying to justify posting pictures of Josh Hamilton with bar sloots, but common decency.)
[UPDATE: some commenters have questioned the deployment of the woman's name in the post, or the aid and comfort provided the enemy in the form of extra traffic. Two things: Deadspin does 10x the traffic of this blog and the drop in the bucket that is people who read this site and don't know about Deadspin isn't significant. And searching for this poor woman on Google is always going to bring up the Deadspin post; if this post also shows up that's probably a net benefit for her. FWIW, the links here are (and always were) nofollowed.]
Blog inertia is a serious problem!
"The overtanned dwarf with the child-molester mustache running it is a perfect representation of its true nature."
This guy has to be an OSU fan.
i'm so confused. but i'm with you brian.
I have no idea what I just read or what's going on but I think I like it. Or maybe I don't. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to think but like turbo cool said, I'm with you Brian.
blogfight part 3(?) with deadspin
I don't understand how people like daulerio can sleep at night and live with themselves. there is a special place in the land of fire and brimstone for those of his ilk.
They live with their parents, in the basement, and spend the day in their boxer shorts, unshowered, never having kissed a (flesh and blood) girl, pissed at the world because their miserable lives can't be their own fault, damn it.
I never liked this guy either. Total douche. And this move? Douchey. Best not to read Deadspin. Nothing but douchey commentary by a bunch of douchey douchebags. That is all.
A.J. looks the part, too. What a loser! Along with the father of "balloon boy" he's a near-perfect representative of a decaying culture (that of the USA).
why re-post her picture here?
So we can all bask in her smokin' hotness of course! ;~)
I've read the site once since Leitch left (and even before then I don't know why I read it), and that was when the Fire Joe Morgan guys took over for a day. Other than that, it's a completely worthless TMZ-sports blog mashup.
Oh how I miss Fire Joe Morgan. Ken Tremendous writes for Parks and Rec now...which is a decent show, but no comparison to FJM IMO. I suppose FJM isn't quite as economically viable, though.
Cousin Mose! That is all.
Blegh. What happened to this "decency" you speak of? It's a problem with the internet I suppose.
Also, I have heard, from a very trusted source, that Daulerio likes to choke himself with live snakes while staring at pictures of his idol, Perez Hilton.
Since Leitch left, Deadspin is like Season 5 of NewsRadio, initially watched out of loyalty for something that you loved and meant a lot to you, occasional moments of brilliance, but never the same because its heart and soul was gone and is now just a long pale shadow of its former glory.
"Enjoy the world as it is, Margaret. They'll change it and never give you a reason."
It really has gone downhill. Leitch hit the perfect tone with that site. It was the anti-ESPN in that it refused to take sports, or itself, seriously. It was funny, irreverant, sometimes a little sleazy, but always with a "sweet" edge to it.
Now AJ and "Tommy Craggs" (is that his real name?) seem to be on a crusade to destroy their subjects. They have replaced "sweet" with "mean". The Erin Andrews and Sean Salisbury episodes were straight up disturbing. AJ ended a post today with somethig like "How was the 6pm meeting, ESPN??" Am I supposed to be impressed that some intern e-mailed him with a "tip" that ESPN was having some sort of internal meeting? Who cares? We don't need another TMZ - I would like to see a fresh perspective and some quality writing.
Anyway, thanks for posting this, Brian. You'll get shit for it, but you should take comfort in the fact that a lot of us think you are right. Keep up the good work.
Leitch's Deadspin, but it's always been more than a little sleazy. Did you hear Leitch on NPR in promotion of his book?
I got to get a yob there. There's more fucking going on at the Worldwide leader than there is at a Southern Baptists convention!
Every healthy social group needs a court jester and a devil's advocate. He is both for this board.
You can sense it in most of what Brian writes. The putrid drivel by Daulerio at Deadspin discredits the blogs as an emerging(and eventually dominant?) news media source. Please continue to succeed with your blog, Brian. We need the trend of decency to go in your direction rather than Daulerio's.
But for every "Sunday Times of London" or "Wall Street Journal", there's "The Sun" or "The Star". This phenomenon is not unique (sadly) to the internet.
as long as you get to smugly revel in the misery of others, I guess it's all worth it. I mean, that's the real issue here, right? Does Maximinus Thrax feel like Deadspin's actions make up for that one time some guy disapproved of him?
Are you so insecure and/or self-righteous that you feel these "big timers" should be put in their place? This sort of sensationalism is pointless beyond the muckraker looking to make a name for himself. So some people had affairs or are promiscuous. How is that your, or my, or Daulerio's business? It's not.
The world is filled with people with flaws. Some of them are "big timers" "prancing around in nice suits" and some are ordinary joes. I could give a rat's ass about this behavior. It is between them, their spouse and their god if they choose to believe in one.
It matters in the work place, however. It can alter power relationships, create a hostile environment and can leave an employer vulnerable to lawsuits.
All of those issues can be sorted out by the lawyers and usually those in the know are privy to much more information than those on the outside will ever know. Tossing grenades and publishing rumors about people and situations without full knowledge of the circumstances is despicable and I hope there is something here that will leave Daulerio vulnerable to lawsuit, the little prick.
Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone sets up a booty call, gets hookers, sleeps with your wife, sleeps with my wife, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to AJ Daulerio, and I always will.
I think a handle jacker is back.
yeah, I don't even know what this thread is about.
please refrain from +ing or -ing me for a while folks.
You do realize that the post in question was from exactly a year ago, right? You sure you weren't checking your MGoPoints and noticing some point expirations?
we're not talking about Steve Philips, "big timer in entertainment" (lol), we're talking about random middle manager #141. Does she deserve this treatment?
Can we please not talk about Maximinus's inability to engage in sleaze in certain positions? THINK OF THE CHILDREN
Wow. I considered posting something about this on the board today, but never thought Brian himself would tackle this.
But seriously, what is this, junior high?
I imagine the thought process behind today's posts went something like this: "BAWWW I didn't get the scoop on this story... I know, let me just air out all the unsubstantiated rumors I've heard about these people/this company! Who cares if they're true/have any truth to them whatsoever! Wheee look at google trends I'm popular!"
TMZ-sports blog mashup indeed. At least the place had something approaching respectability when Leitch was around.
doing my own scientific research i found out what deadspin was. i've never heard of it before. Anyway i read a few articles and honestly thought to myself that this is the type of writing that only the dumbest people you could ever imagine would actually read.
that site is garbage. i'm going to stick with my 5 websites that i ever go to.
Leitch had a good thing going while he ran the ship. Semi decent stories were posted, there was a good commentariat, etc, etc.
Then Leitch left and things went to shit. The stupid "Deleted Scenes" addition was pure crap. Let's air unsubstantiated wild rumors we get in the email for no apparent reason!
Deadspin wasn't all bad though. Remember, it popularized Marques Slocum's Fuck Lion, Ned, Barbaro, and Run you F****** Dinosaur, Run.
Don't give them too much credit. I believe that Orson at EDSBS was the one that brought the F*ck Lion and Ned to these internets.
You are correct. I made a mistake and thought of it from my perspective. I found both EDSBS and Mgoblog through Deadspin in its heyday.
A lot of people did. Deadspin was the king of sports blogs, the only one you needed to go to in the morning. Leitch's link dumps and guest writers would open up the rest of the blogosphere to you... I found Free Darko, EDSBS, Jim Mirtle, KSK and Fire Joe Morgan through Leitchspin. When the link dumps stopped, I stopped reading.
There's been a few times when Deadspin "breaks" a really funny story that Orson had already put his own spin on. The site was way better under Leitch, but he still couldn't hold a candle to EDSBS.
It's like the difference between Leno and Colbert.
is definitely something that has appeared on Gawker for quite some time, mainly as an excuse for them to cut and paste semi-hilarious and poorly targeted PR pitches they get in their e-mail.
I've only been a hit or miss reader of Deadspin, but in general I think that Denton's media empire is going down the tubes in a big way. I've been reading Gawker regularly for four years now, and there is a marked difference in quality between now and, say, two years ago. The posts are littered with mistakes constantly, and they aren't even funny most of the time. They used to have some really good editors, funny people, like Ian Spiegelman and Choire Sicha and even Emily Gould was pretty good, but the ones they have now are terrible.
And then there's Jezebel, which has lots of interesting stuff (if you're a chick) but the commenters are super-cliquey, the writers can be really defensive, and it doesn't have quite the same scrappy, outsider-ish view it did in the beginning.
Plus Denton's redesigns are really, really user-unfriendly.
In short: Deadspin not being as good as it used to be is par for the course, as I understand it.
I teach middle school and Daulerio would fit right in.
...of soon-extinct media?" or something to that effect, when discussing newspapers?
these are the death throes of a once-vital website. deadspin hasn't been anything more than a haven for mouthbreathing morons (and their commenters!) for quite a while now.
gawker media is propping up a dead horse.
Sleazy, mouthbreathing morons and their commenters are Gawker media's raison d'etre.
Is even faster on the internet.
I have tears in my eyes for what once was. Deadspin, as I knew it, is no more. This merely confirms it a fifth-ish time. Yet the tears remain.
Nice job on calling this guy out. None of this shit (the original Phillips rumor or this lady's sex life) is newsworthy in any way and posting it in such a vindictive manner is just desperate and sad.
That being said, all this did is force me to think about Steve Phillips having sex. I'm picturing a Bill Lumberg moment, but with less movement, sweat, or talking. Also pretty sure his silver-fox hair wouldn't move a millimeter during the whole ordeal. Then afterward he would try to tell the girl some story about his time with the Mets, at which point all of my buddies from New York would scream at him to shut the fuck up and spend the rest of the evening explaining to me why Phillips was the worst GM ever.
Shame on you, Brian.