Bagged Ben

By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 29, 2009

Adding to the controversy is ESPN's curious decision not to cover the story. "The Worldwide Leader in Sports" ' excuse was that there was no criminal complaint, but that doesn't really hold water, since they've covered solely civil suits before, with recent cases involving Shannon Brown and Adam Jones (who are both black) being the best examples. If this thing breaks wrong, ESPN could be dealing with accusations of both sexism and racism. At the very least, it sounds like someone should be talking about what happens to women who make allegations like this against famous people — not that most football fans want to hear it. More on this later, obviously — no points until it goes the distance.

The gloves come off
Here's a story we'll be following up on later, for sure. Former hockey goon Chris "Knuckles" Nilan was busted last week after he bloodied two loss-prevention agents from Lord & Taylor who had caught him trying to smuggle a Tommy Bahama swimsuit out under his shorts.

This story is close to my heart personally because it occurred in the South Shore Plaza, the mall I used to visit regularly as a kid. Give 21 points to the Boston-born ex-Bruin Nilan, whose post-arrest quote — "I just wanted to save a few bucks" — is destined for the sports-crime pantheon.

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