Sporting News' Matt Hayes: Against Violence Against Women

By D.J. Byrnes on October 8, 2013 at 8:29 am

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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