Sporting News' Matt Hayes: Against Violence Against Women

By DJ Byrnes on October 8, 2013 at 8:29a

Sporting News' Matt Hayes attended the OSU-NU game. In its immediate aftermath, he typed the worst article imaginable. (Second place shout out to Pat Forde.) Here's the gist: 

Why do women refuse to press charges against men who batter them? The No. 1 reason: fear of retaliation. (Editor's note: section updated to reflect charges not filed.)

Or in this case, fear of living in Columbus and doing something -- anything -- to sidetrack the train to Pasadena. If you don't think this woman, who still hasn't spoken publicly about the case, isn't fearful of what could be, let me explain what happened in that post-game press conference:

After Hyde broke down and told a packed room of Ohio State media how hard it was for him to not play a game -- for the love of Brutus, it's a game, people -- one of the three TV bobbleheads who stood next to the podium to send back live feeds to Columbus, said to Hyde, "Good answer."



Anyway, thanks to tipster/reader nrobinsonpe, here's Hayes (JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO) gushing about Zach Mettenberger under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron (if you click the link, beware of the autoplay advert featuring, poetically, Dale Jr. and Wrangler jeans):

So when LSU coach Les Miles hired Cameron as his offensive coordinator in February, the natural reaction was this: the Tigers just hired a guy who was fired as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14 of the NFL season -- and the Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl because the offense and quarterback Joe Flacco got hot after Cameron left.


Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Zach Mettenberger, 2.0. Three weeks into the season, no one is throwing the ball better than Metteneberger, who last season couldn't be trusted to throw a pass away. 

Of course, there's no mention of Zach Mettenberger pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery. There's no mention of Les Miles ignoring this, and welcoming Zach Mettenberger onto the team, because Zach Mettenberger doesn't play for Urban Meyer, nor does it fit into his wheelhouse of preconceived opinions.

Woof, indeed.


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OSUStu's picture

LSU is a cesspool.  That is all.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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gobucks96's picture

What a disgrace... It's one thing to write a negative article on a team or even a coach (which is shade over the top), but to target a player on a false accusation is as lame as it gets for a media person. He is definitely not a journalist..

BucksfanXC's picture

This guy wrote that article so that blogs like this one would link it and get him more exposure. Now not only have you linked it several times, you've also linked a SECOND one of his articles. Newsflash: he knows what he's doing and he's winning.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

+1 HS
DJ Byrnes's picture

Normally, I would agree. There's blatant trolling (see: Travis, Clay) which is best igored, but this is much more nefarious. What he did to Carlos, especially after witnessing his interview firsthand, just really didn't sit well with me, and that's before today.

If his (or his employer's) business-model includes using violence against women opportunism, then I guess I've fallen victim to his master plan. I don't, however, believe that to be the case. He deserves to be called out for this bullshit, .00001¢ mouse-clicks be damned.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

BucksfanXC's picture

I mean, I know, and hell I'm still reading and commenting on here about it, which is why you post it in the first place. But most of these writers don't have a long term steady MO, they have short term goals of getting it to print, and having the most people read it or comment on it to please the publishers. And I'm just pointing out that, it may not be trolling, per se, but it's sure fits the "less news/more entertainment, shock-value" that seems to drive all sports media these days.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

spqr2008's picture

Well, BUT PAAAWLLLLL, Mettenberger is white, and in the SEC, and and and his mom is an administrator in the Georgia athletic department, and even though he was convicted of a real crime, and put on probation for it, he gets a pass, because SEC RULZ!!!!  Plus, Les Milles makes up for it in all the grass he chews to help his digestion, because he's like a cow man.  And Mettenberger also had to transfer to LSU from Georgia, so he had to put up with moving away from his family for college.  Plus, did you see that video, I mean, it was so clearly sexual battery, obviously, and even worse, so Hyde should've been charged with Murderthink and thrown in Prision with Maurice Clarrett for 80 bijillion years!

cplunk's picture

This is someone who doesn't even bothering pretending to have journalistic integrity.
Frankly, Sporting News should be ashamed to employ him. If you have no journalistic integrity, you aren't a journalist.

hodge's picture

Exactly.  He and Travis are bloggers; and nothing more.
That's not intended as an insult, per se; as I'd classify much of the staff here as the same.  But where the staff here is comprised of exceptional writers -- all of whom are adept at translating complex opinions into elegantly articulated prose -- Travis and Hayes are bottom feeders.  They merely throw sucker-punch barbs with little attention to the facts that actually back them up (which are easily mitigated by way of the "strawman" argument); this form of writing appeals to the lowest-common-denominator and serves to infuriate the educated masses -- causing both groups flood their sites with pageviews, legitimizing their work.
It's like McDonalds and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse; both restaurants cook beef, but they do it on entirely different planes.  Personally, I'm happy that our writers are more like the latter while Hayes and his crew do their damnedest to de-legitimize the entire industry.

Nutbuck1959's picture

Well said as always Hodge.

spqr2008's picture

There is one difference.  McDonald's tries to avoid having bovine excrement in its work, while Hayes and Travis enjoy rolling in it.

Poison nuts's picture

I won't say much Hodge, because you just nailed it shut. Nice work sir.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Bolt's picture

It's like the journalistic equivalent of a frustrated child not knowing how to express his frustration of someone/something and saying, "yeah, yeah...well, you're stupid!" With each mounting win Matt Hayes seems to keep getting more and more frustrated. What's next Matt? "My dad can beat up Braxton Miller's dad"?

BeijingBucks's picture

Agreed Hodges. Profoundly. I also think it's important to remember that not everybody wants real news.  TMz and The fact that my mother-in-law had a 2 headed alien baby sells copies

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

FROMTHE18's picture

No sense in responding to Hayes about this. I feel like Hayes is exploiting a serious issue (domestic violence) in order to gain attention which is a horrific action IMO. I think anyone who does this for personal gain is one of the lowest type of people and I agree with CPLUNK, Sporting News should be absolutely embarrassed to call him an employee. Irresponsible journalist who uses his ignorance about domestic violence to gain page views. I believe in karma and something is going to bite Hayes right in the ass and I can't wait for that.

jeremytwoface's picture


And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

cplunk's picture

I have written Sporting News pointing out this hypocrisy and requesting that Carlos Hyde receive a public apology from Matt Hayes for his journalistic hypocrisy.

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

Well done. Would you consider posting the content? Just curious. Might inspire me to do the same.


cplunk's picture

It was their online tool, so I don't have the exact wording available like I would for email.
I addressed it to the ombudsman, basically brought up the same stuff as this Buckshot (but I looked up the dates of the articles), and said I believed Carlos Hyde was owed an apology. Stated that it seemed neither fair nor appropriate to castigate someone who was ultimately not charged while ignoring someone who had actually pled guilty to similar offenses. Stated that I associate the Sporting News with a higher standard of objectivity and reporting.
It won't do anything, I'm sure, but it made me feel better.

njclebuckeye5's picture

I'm mad at myself for being mad at these idiots. 
I guarantee Matt Hayes was never an athlete, or if he was he sucked. Carlos missed 3 games of his last year with his teammates at college. Of course he's gonna be emotional about it.
And Pat Forde delivers nothing less than expected.
Good thing it doesn't matter and the Buckeyes are 6-0!

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

jeremytwoface's picture

Why do women refuse to press charges against men who batter them? The No. 1 reason: fear of retaliation. (Editor's note: section updated to reflect charges not filed.)

I think Matt's starting to come around guys.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

theDuke's picture

i wanted to paste this link into the comments section but it looks like they've been disabled for that particular article...
*note: i am somewhat computer illiterate so may have just missed something.


jeremytwoface's picture

I would try to do it for you but I don't want to give it another page view.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

Oyster's picture

That's ok, I can't ride a horse.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Hovenaut's picture

Matt Haze's (intentional misspell) "columns" time in and time out are like busted toilets....

(altogether now) full of sh!t.

SOF_Buckeye's picture

mat haze (int mispell) is nothing more than an untalented journalistic (I barf as I type that word in association with him) shock jock...looking for ways to get individuals to click on his links (kind of like bill maher but with sports). I began dislike towards him from the first article, and his style has not changed.
He is a turd!

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

Bolt's picture

I wish I could shower in the tears of Matt Hayes after each Ohio State win. Each win seems to cut him deeper and deeper.

OSUAndy07's picture

This just about sums up my feelings:

"But I'm tryin' Ringo. I'm tryin', real hard, to be the shepherd"

Firmthyfriendship's picture

the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.
Synonym: Douche baggery. (see Travis, Clay; Hayes, Matthew) 

jeremytwoface's picture

That's what these dudes look like!??!

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

ChazBuckeye's picture

Anyone else think Hayes resembles a fat SVP with an over the top wrinkly face and a lazy eyed smile?  Or is it just me?

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

jeremytwoface's picture

Looks like a mix between Two-Face and Penguine to me.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

TimmyZ's picture

sweet mullet.....

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I'd call both of them douchebags, but I wouldn't want to offend vaginal cleaning products...

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

Poison nuts's picture

I wonder if he & Clay Travis call each like high school girls to see what the other is writing about OSU on any given day. Giggling, LOLing, OMGing, & generally just having a hoot. 
To all high school girls, I apologize for this terrible insult.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

gobucks96's picture

I certainly think they time their insults to alternate against OSU...

Whbrbl's picture

From the Pat Forde article:

"He's a good kid," Miller said of Hyde. "He's a great player, too. He's a great guy, man."
Reasonable people can question two-thirds of Miller's above assessment. But nobody who saw Carlos Hyde run Saturday night would debate the player part. And for many Ohio State fans, the middle sentence is all that matters."

From the Pat Forde byline:

Pat Forde is a Yahoo! Sports’ national college columnist.

Reasonable people stop reading after the first four words, "Pat Forde is a Yahoo!"

CALPOPPY's picture

Actually, reasonable people would stop reading after the first 4 words and add their own for the 5th (rather than Yahoo!) ;)

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

bucksfan92's picture

I stopped reading any of Forde's crap a few years back after he made some very derogatory remarks about West Virginia in one of his articles.  Uo to that point he was teetering on the edge of "journalist" but after that he had way crossed the line into slanderous hack.  Glad to see espn finally fired him, but not sure why Yahoo, or anyone, would pick him up.  He is trash.  
Sadly, most sportswriters these days are not true journalists - they are opinionated blowhards who use their media outlets as platforms to blather on about their opinions.  Sports journalism died sometime in the last 10 years and will never return.

ChazBuckeye's picture

Not surprised!  This coming from someone who did a "10 Month" investigation on Urban and the FL program when he was there and after.  However, it didn't yield one factual person who could lend credibility to his article besides jaded former players and other fans.  Love how 11W blew his new slanderous article out of the water.  Thank you 11W for staying classy and no need for the source.  I'll never read it!

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

Maestro's picture

There is absolutely nothing gained by feeding the trolls.  It has taken me years to come to that realization, but alas I have. 

vacuuming sucks

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

Buckeye419er's picture

Ewwww... smells like jealously up in here

There can be only one

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Granted in the 24 x 365 news and social media world we live in there is an almost desperate attempt to get eyeballs and click stream activity which for many (so-called) journalists apparently requires a certain amount of hyperbole and snarkyness, but the Matt Hayes article goes three steps beyond (or below) that.  It is one of the more offensive, petty, mean-spirited and disingenuous offerings I've seen in quite a while, borderline libel.  I watched the Hyde incident video several times, my daughter knows the girl involved in the incident (and says she is a nice person from her experience, went to my daughter's high school and they worked together one summer), as a father was not happy with Carlos.  However, there is a reason no charges were filed (by the young lady OR the police) as she did initiate things and physically lashed out at him and his (very inappropriate) response was an open-handed short motion slap.  A three game suspension was warranted IMHO, but he was a model team player during that period and came out and gave his all.  Anyway ... sorry about the diatribe ... good on the 11W staff for pointing out Hayes' hypocrisy.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Maestro's picture

What bugs me the most about a lot of the media is that they treat Buckeye fans as if we need to apologize for being Ohio State fans.  As if it is some sort of reprehensible behavior.  Bunch of assholes.

vacuuming sucks

denner's picture

Awesome.  I hope one of you twitter folks can send this over to that POS Hayes, not that it would matter to him. 

DaveBiddle's picture

This is me applauding 11W. Well done.
And it's so cute TSN added an "editor's note" in Hayes' piece to correct the falsehood that the young lady "dropped charges against Hyde." Charges were never filed, of course.
Since the editor is in the spirit of full disclosure, how about an editor's note informing the readers that Matt Hayes is a University of Florida graduate. This would be like SI having Oklahoma fan Thayer Evans do a hit piece on Oklahoma State. Oh wait.

Bucksfan's picture

Yeah, also weird that the editor would correct the part about charges, but not about the fact that the video showed him not assaulting anyone in the first place....that being the reason no charges were filed.

toad1204's picture

Matt Hayes and my golf game have a lot in common.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

better when drinking heavily?

Yeti's have feelings too.

toad1204's picture

Lots of swing juice required.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

TheBadOwl's picture

Do attractive women find your golf game repulsive?

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

southbay's picture

 ...there is an almost desperate attempt to get eyeballs and click stream activity... 

Agreed, but going back to last summer's incident strikes me as a whole 'nother sort of desperation...people are running scared.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I wish this dude's hands would just fall off one day so he can't type anymore BULLSHIT.  lol

Class of 2010.

DaiTheFlu's picture

I have emailed Mr. Hayes and his editors as well, and informed them that as long as this is the type of "journalistic standards" that they uphold, I will never again give them a dime of my money or a single page click. Utterly embarrassing and laughable.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

rock flag and eagle's picture

Oh boy, I very well may get slaughtered on this one...deep breath.
Ok, I know everyone here feels that Hayes' Hyde column was a hit piece.  And, this OP clearly wants to show that Hayes is a world class troll or a hypocrite.  But, the article you pull up to point out Hayes' hypocrisy is about Cam Cameron.  It is not about Mettenberger.  Again, this section of the article is about Cam Cameron.  It is not about Mettenberger. 
The first line of the segment clearly tells the reader his subject is Cam Cameron.

Forget about Mark Helfrich or Bret Bielema or even Kliff Kingsbury. There wasn't a better coaching hire this past offseason than Cam Cameron.

The last lines of the segment is

We're only three games in, but it's clear that Cameron has made a drastic impact on Mettenberger.  And that might just make a drastic impact on the national title race.

He is only talking about the difference that Cameron has made to the LSU offense.
Secondly, why should he address Mettenberger's past when he isn't talking about Mettenberger?  He is talking about the offensive coordinator.  If you think that Hayes has to address Mettenberger's past in order to make a point about Cameron being a good coach, then wouldn't anyone talking about Urban's coaching ability have to address Hyde's past, or Jamar Hornsby's past.  No, of course a writer shouldn't have to address a player's past if all he is saying is "Damn, that's a good coach."
Let's all remember that Cameron wasn't even at LSU when Miles decided to let Mettenberger transfer in.  That decision is on Miles, not Cameron.  Also, I don't think he is gushing about Mettenberger as a gifted and talented athlete deserving praise.  He is gushing about Cameron saying Cameron deserves praise. 
Lastly, I don't know why he chose to write a holier than thou piece about Hyde and not about Mettenberger.  Maybe he does hate Ohio State.  But, the linked article is about Cam Cameron and he does not need to address what Mettenberger did before Cameron got hired at LSU.  All he needs to do is provide some statistics about why Cameron is kicking ass in Baton Rouge.

AndyVance's picture

Be that as it may, it smacks of hypocrisy to completely ignore the LSU player's actual misdeeds and praise his achievements and development as a player, etc. etc. etc. and then summarily dismiss the OSU player's development and accomplishments because the player "shouldn't have been playing in the first place."
By that logic, Mettenberger should never have been playing, either, so Hayes couldn't have trumpeted his praises as the young man's coach.

Jack Fu's picture

You deserve one upvote for your post and a million for your username.

buckeyejonross's picture

As someone who holds a journalism degree from Ohio State, I'd like to thank Mr. Hayes for being a reason people think our career is a huge joke. I knew there was a reason I went to law school. Thanks for helping to kill the field, bud.

"You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war. War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over." -William T., Battle of Atlanta, B1G.

spqr2008's picture

To be fair to you though, the speed up in demand for information is what is really killing the field, because everyone is at some point just copying either wire stories, or opining on someone else's work.

AndyVance's picture

I actually think that your observation (which isn't all that far off the mark) gives quality journalists an opportunity for distinction today: since everyone knows everything so quickly today, it takes a lot of skill to present volumes of information in a concise, engaging manner without falling into the trap of simply repeating someone else's work, or worse yet, opting to editorialize as a form of distinction. Good journalism is needed now more than ever, precisely because there is such an avalanche of information.

buckeyejonross's picture

You still need to deliver quality content. People will wait for quality over inaccuracy. This is both inaccurate and poor quality. He's a joke. Half of us at the Lantern are better than this clown.

"You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war. War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over." -William T., Battle of Atlanta, B1G.

bigbadbuck's picture      shows hes a senior editor at the Sporting News. I for one am thinking about contacting the Sporting News and asking them why would they run an article that is so blatantly bias against Carlos.

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

One Bad Buckeye's picture

I'm sure his cardiologist would disagree with his meal selection above.  

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