ESPN Pulls Roger Clemens Commercial

Thursday, December 20, 2007


The "Leader" decided to pull the Roger Clemens roller coaster spot for the upcoming Disney Weekend in reaction to him being mentioned in the Mitchell report. I swear I've seen it in the past few days, but I guess I was wrong. Via Sports Business Daily....

ESPN last Thursday, the day the Mitchell Report was released, pulled a spot featuring Roger Clemens that promoted "ESPN The Weekend," according to David Goetzl of MEDIA POST. The spot "continued to air Monday during live events" that were streamed on ESPN360.com, in what ESPN called an "oversight." ESPN VP/PR Josh Krulewitz: "Given he's a part of an ongoing major news story of a controversial nature, we thought [pulling the commercial] was the appropriate thing to do at this time." But Krulewitz added that "there are no plans to remove Clemens' photo from the 'ESPN The Weekend' promotional Web site," where Clemens is seen with his arm around a Disney character.
I guess that's the right move, but it seems like a little much when they continue to employ people who've taken steroids as well. There's also no word on whether Clemens will still be attending the Disney trip as previously scheduled. I'm guessing he won't be there.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 3:24 PM

7 Comments:

Wait so showing an ad for a guy that did steroids/HGH is worse than employing a guy that did it?

ESPN sucks.

rs27 said...
Dec 20, 2007, 3:48:00 PM  

Innocent until proven guilty?

ESPN sucks.

Anonymous said...
Dec 20, 2007, 7:14:00 PM  

They were still running it during the Texas/Oral Roberts game on Full Court earlier this week

Luke Halpert said...
Dec 20, 2007, 7:36:00 PM  

RE: "Innocent until proven guilty?"

That's true in a court of law. Lucky for us ESPN is not a court of law and neither are companies that sponsor sports stars.

Anonymous said...
Dec 21, 2007, 7:37:00 AM  

Yeah, that whole innocent until proven guilty thing is great until a company sticks by someone who actually is guilty and gets slammed for it. I mean, how many sponsors dumped Kobe Bryant when his trial went down?

Willmott said...
Dec 21, 2007, 9:44:00 AM  

Roger's life is about to become one big ass roller coaster. Still...should have kept the ads on. Other "issues" with other employees never caused that kind of action. Steroids/HGH thing is absurd. However, it would be more absurd for him to deny it if he did it...don't lie to the wrong people, Roger.

Sportsattitude said...
Dec 21, 2007, 2:37:00 PM  

Most ballplayers today are taking homeopathic human growth hormone oral spray because it's safe, undetectable, and legal for over the counter sales. As time goes on it seems it might be considered as benign a performance enhancer as coffee, aspirin, red bull, chewing tobacco, and bubble gum.

Billy said...
Feb 20, 2009, 9:11:00 AM  

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