Journalist Takes Paralyzed NFL Player as Opportunity to Slam Video Gamers


A Virginia journalist has used yet another senseless tragedy to malign video gamers. Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett took a big hit on Sunday and has suffered paralysis. It is a very sad situation and a loss for his family, fans and colleagues alike.

Football is a dangerous game, even with all the padding. President Roosevelt almost had the game outlawed because of the number of college deaths resulting from matches. Even with all the modern rules, training and protection, players know every time they hit the field they are at risk for serious injury and unfortunately Kevin Everett isn’t alone in his suffering.

Leave it to the media to take a horrible accident and use it as a platform to attack violence in video games and the people who play them. see Virginia Pilot columnist Bob Molinaro wrote a shameful discussion of Everett’s injury under the headline Video-game generation may be desensitized to NFL injuries:

I IMAGINE THERE’S a large segment of NFL fans that envisions pro football to be the embodiment of the video games they love to play.

…I’ve got a feeling that a certain percentage of males, those whose senses have been bombarded by video violence all their lives, are attracted to pro football by the slickly edited TV images that are a variation of their virtual-reality experiences.

This makes me wonder if the catastrophic injury to Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett will make any real impression on the desensitized adolescents and adults raised with the cartoon violence of “Madden ’08″ or “NFL Blitz,” or the absurd blood-and-guts scenarios associated with other Xbox games.

I wonder if any of this hits home with the very large and growing demographic that comes to football through the make-believe violence of video games. In that world, jacked-up players always bounce back, returning as good as new when the game is switched on.

This week, more than many, we’re reminded that in real-time, real-life football, the violence and its consequences are all too real.

We all know the risks of playing football, professionally or at the playground. The players weigh them every time they line up on a field. However, I can’t begin to express my shock, dismay and disgust at this journalist’s dehumanizing portrayal of gamers. Even small children can differentiate between a game and reality. To imply that a whole generation of people have no compassion or sense of reality shows that he lacks some of those qualities himself.

Thankfully, Kevin Everts’ condition is improving. He may even walk again. Spare a moment to send the power of positive thinking his way.

via GamePolitics 

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5 Comments on Journalist Takes Paralyzed NFL Player as Opportunity to Slam Video Gamers


On September 13, 2007 at 2:45 pm

that’s just typical of journalism these days. That’s why alternative sources of news are becoming the thing.

I’m from Virginia and a die hard Buffalo fan. In moments like this, only one thing should matter and that’s the player who was hurt. When something like this happens, the game and everything else and who your team is go out the window. Everyone should have their thoughts with this guy and hope he can walk again.

There’s no time for weaseling in side agendas and connecting them to someone’s tragedy. These journalists will always try to use a tragedy to stick in their opinions on a non-related topic.


On September 13, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Video games has nothing to do with this mans injuries or the sport of football or any sport. These are professionals and like this article, that is the chance they take. They are trained and have the best support, Trainers, Medicial support, Coaches and other staff to be in the NFL or any other professional sport. The person who relates this to video games is lame. I cannot see the connection.

It was only another stab at games. TV, movies and other things have way more of an impact. Leave video games alone, they are an escape from this crazy world

Ron Whitaker

On September 13, 2007 at 3:30 pm

It’s not surprising to see someone try to use tragedy, however unrelated, to further their agenda in some way. It’s been a staple of the overzealous for years.

Example? Jack Thompson on the Va. Tech shootings painting the killer as a gamer (which we subsequently found out was false). This is in the same vein, and no less deable.

Many people in journalism these days try to use their writing as a way to “make the world a better place.” It’s just a damn shame that no one bothers to tell them that their job is to report what other people are doing to make the world a better place.


On September 13, 2007 at 5:23 pm

“I believe in making the world safe for our children, but not our children’s children, because I don’t think children should be having sex.”

-Jack Handey (SNL: Deep Thoughts)

I decided to quote that because it makes about as much sense as this journalist bringing video games in to a professional athlete being horribly injured.



On September 13, 2007 at 7:51 pm

WHEN WILL IT STOP!? :evil: :mad: :?: