By now, you’ve probably seen the latest installment of the Sports Illustrated Media Pardon The Press.
On Thursday, the media watchdog announced that it had revoked its accreditation of several prominent media outlets.
For the first time in history, the organization cited the NFL for its handling of allegations against several players.
The organization said the players’ actions constituted an “incomplete” investigation and that the organization “does not intend to review the accuracy of any content contained on this site.”
While there is some evidence to suggest that some of the players may have made up the allegations, the fact that the league has denied any wrongdoing doesn’t help.
In this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated, SI’s Michael McCann and Jon Gruden weigh in on the latest allegations of misconduct leveled against the league and whether the allegations will have any bearing on the ongoing investigation.
(You can read the full SI cover story on the allegations here.)
The Pardon the Press announcement came on the heels of the NFL Players Association’s announcement that it would sue the league for $20 million in damages.
The NFLPA claims that the NFL failed to adequately investigate its players and failed to hold accountable those who violated the collective bargaining agreement.
It also claims that Goodell and the NFLPA are in violation of the National Labor Relations Act and that there was an “unjustified and unwarranted” reduction in the amount of compensation to players.
In response, the NFL has been working to make a public case about the allegations.
ESPN’s Jemele Hill spoke to former players and other experts to discuss the controversy and what to expect in the coming days.
Hill also sat down with ESPN Insider Darren Rovell to discuss how the controversy has played out so far.