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    Florio Should Be Ashamed Of Himself

    I'm sorry, but this Rodgers story is really bothering me. I know Florio is just a hack blogger, and I've been a big supporter of his for years. I really enjoyed reading his articles, but I feel he stepped way out of bounds with this Rodgers story.

    Yesterday he wrote a piece where entitled "Aaron Rodgers Has A Lot To Learn About Where His Money Comes From," where he showed a quick clip of a woman with cancer saying she wanted an autograph by Rodgers. In the video you can see Rodgers just walking by her, on his way to the plane headed for Atlanta. In the article, Florio labeled Rodgers as an "Ass" and claimed Rodgers was "Treating a cancer patient like a panhandler with leprosy."

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ney-comes-from

    On it's face it looked bad. My first reaction was, "Geez, what a prick!"

    But then the facts came out, and today, WBAY reports that the woman just got Rodgers to sign her jersey the week before, and that he signed several things for her a couple years ago!

    Money quote:
    "I was terribly upset this morning because I did not realize what was online, and opened up my email," she said, "and I was just shocked."

    Just a week earlier, Rodgers autographed Jan's pink jersey bearing the number 12, and a few years ago the now-star quarterback signed a number of things for her.
    http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=13857012

    So far Florio hasn't issued any kind of apology or updated the original story. Nor did he provide any other kind of context, such as the large amount of work Rodgers does with several Cancer research institutions. When readers sent such information to Florio, he acknowledged receiving it, but said it didn't matter to him.

    What bothers me the most about the story is that it comes off as nothing more than an attempt at blatant character assassination. There was no attempt to put things into context, nor was there any kind of attempt to reach out and gather facts.

    Florio has a lot of readers and a partnership with NBC, as as such, I feel he has a duty to write stories with the utmost integrity. This article certainly lacked any kind of integrity set by those outside of the National Enquirer, and I think it also reflects poorly on his sponsors and partners. Never in a million years did I think I would turn against the guy, but Florio lost a ton of credibility with me. I know others feel the same.

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    If you weren't a Packers fan, would you still consider it character assassination? There's absolutely no question that he willingly blew her off.

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    1) Good for Mrs. Cavanaugh for sticking up for her team and its QB.

    2) If AR has signed multiple items for I'm assuming he knows her story. In a world where any dipwad with a cell phone can get you on video, walking past that lady is bad from. AR has to know there are always eyes on him.

    3) Mrs. Cavanaugh should be issued an a apology from PFT. Florio, I bet you've got a gimp tied to a PC somewhere assigned to monitor sites like this. Get on it. You look like a huge tool right now.
    Screw you guys, I'm going home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantsFaninToronto View Post
    If you weren't a Packers fan, would you still consider it character assassination? There's absolutely no question that he willingly blew her off.
    Hard to say, since I am a Packer fan. But what I will tell you is, when the Roethlisberger nonsense came out, I felt PFT rushed to judgement and I said so. Take that for what you will.

    As for him blowing her off, there are photos taken from the video of the security guy escorting Rodgers waving her off.

    What's he supposed to do, sign her whole friggin house? She just got a jersey signed the week before. Continuing to ask for more just doesn't seem fair to him, or any other star athlete like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoBigOrGoHome View Post
    1) Good for Mrs. Cavanaugh for sticking up for her team and its QB.

    2) If AR has signed multiple items for I'm assuming he knows her story. In a world where any dipwad with a cell phone can get you on video, walking past that lady is bad from. AR has to know there are always eyes on him.

    3) Mrs. Cavanaugh should be issued an a apology from PFT. Florio, I bet you've got a gimp tied to a PC somewhere assigned to monitor sites like this. Get on it. You look like a huge tool right now.
    I agree it's bad form, mostly on the Packers PR staff. They should have known cameras were there.

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    New bureaus--sports and otherwise--are expected to turn a profit, a policy which offers little to news consumers. Until that changes, though, journalists are going to shoot first and ask questions later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoBigOrGoHome View Post
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    In best Don LaFontaine voice.
    There is only one immutable law in life - in a gentleman's toilet, incoming traffic has the right of way.
    -Hugh Leonard

  8. The worst form is on the part of Florio for not bothering to get the facts. He is the real as$. Did he contact Mrs. Cavanaugh before running this? Now she is at the center of a controversy that I'm sure she wants no part of. She is distressed and in her own words "terribly upset" (see link above). I'm sure the stress will be great for her health. All because Florio chose to use her for his own gain in creating a buzz. If he won't apologize to Rodgers, seems an apology is due to Mrs. Cavanaugh.

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    I thought this was a hatchet job and I said so in a post on the article. The video shows Rodgers walking away from the woman, it doesn't show him enter or her speak to him, and Florio just created the story from the video. He had no background from anybody. Nor do we know who edited the video. The whole thing was extremely irresponsible on Mike Florio's part.
    I also used the occasion to needle Mike for passing along the news of Terry Bradshaw's untimely passing, which was a faux pas that kind of put PFT on the map.
    Maybe Mike's back for another bite of that apple, only having raised the stakes from not only passing on false reports, to manufacturing them. Or maybe the rapid rise from internet news aggregator to professional football pundit has enlarged his ego.
    Whatever it is, it ain't good journalism. Oh yeah, and my post came down in minutes.

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    Can we get a post from someone who has had to sign autographs, please. This is a time when we can really use a voice of experience. I have no idea how people handle the autograph load.

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