Thursday, May 24, 2012

Do Female Sports Reporters Get Smashed?

For the purposes of this blog the term smashed refers to having sexual relations.

I got an interesting text from a friend last night about ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols. It read, "Do you think Rachel Nichols gets smashed after games?" I thought about it for a few seconds and responded with a definitive yes. I don't know Rachel Nichols personally and haven't heard anything on the rumor wire, but her interaction with players seems shall we say overly friendly. Without discrediting her professionalism or journalistic integrity I wouldn't be surprised to find out my suspicions were true. Does this make Rachel Nichols a bad person?

Personally I don't have a problem with it. Consenting adults should be able to see whoever they want. The extra curricular activities of players and reporters is of no concern to me unless there is a conflict of interest. So long as they remain neutral and unbiased in their commentary it really shouldn't matter. Athletes have shown us over the years that their sexual appetite knows no bounds and nothing is off limits. If you're a willing participant they will oblige.

Let us not forget ESPN is probably the most unprofessional work environment on the planet. Employees sleep with interns (Steve Phillips), fondle co-workers (Harold Reynolds), get suspended for harassment and stalking (Mike Tirico), and send inappropriate pictures of their genitalia (Sean Salisbury). Anything goes in Bristol so long as you don't get caught.

I'm sure men and women have differing opinions about my hypothesis. Women probably think I'm objectifying women and sound like a chauvinist pig. Men probably think Rachel's not the only one. To be clear this is not sexist attack on female reporters, merely an observation. I'm pretty perceptive about these things and usually don't second guess my 6th sense. If I can see the vibe Rachel Nichols gives off the players are definitely feeling it. What are your thoughts?


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  2. Even as a college reporter, I get asked by athletes often and I have slept with one of them.