There was blowback in July 2015, when the Football Hall of Fame said that the late Junior Seau's family couldn't speak (live, in-person) at Seau's induction ceremony.
At 0:55 of a First Take episode, one of the show hosts said the Hall should be ashamed of themselves. He says this in a calm manner, but it is still a kind of baiting, an outrage-mongering, if we can create that word.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame got battered by public outcry from fans and media. The Hall gave in to the pressure and decided to allow Seau's daughter to speak after all.
Truthfully, it doesn't matter if Sydney's words would touch upon the details of her father's death or not. In all respect, that is not the issue here.
As soon as you see stories like this "trending", you know that there is about to be some huge overreaction that will change things. This has become very predictable. Everyone is an expert on everything anymore: Someone is angry over a perceived wrong and that anger came from a one-line clickable link; the incident becomes popular for one reason or another; and suddenly a person at the other end is either apologizing or changing a rule to suit one individual.
The Seau family just wants to be heard. Whether they want to speak, or to speak out, as ESPN's Skip Bayless said, is the issue according to most people and media.
A larger issue is one most media will never touch, because it would not benefit them. That issue is: Public opinion, scattered about instantly by social media and other technological means, has become a hazard to us all.
These kneejerk opinions sway heads of industry. Staying with the NFL as an example, note how the league has staggered in all directions, trying to be relevant on issues like domestic abuse and pink ribbons on football uniforms.
|The NFL has crumbled before a fem-centric attack, and now must make sure football fans are aware of women even during violent sports action.|
It is very dangerous when a wave of Facebook comments or Twitter trends can shift the very fabric of our society. Why? Because these opinions are based on a minute or two of reflection... made many times by thousands of people who have little or no background nor research on the situation they're commenting upon and 'liking'... and their manufactured, easy chair outrage is affecting men and women who move billions of dollars around... how could kneejerk outrage be a good thing?
This is the "trend" that we should be paying attention to. Don't let phony outrage infect you, too.