What kind of dark place must you be in to turn on your alma mater? That was my first thought when I read the Selena Roberts article alleging allegations of grade changing and payments to players by former Auburn coaches.
I’m amazed at who and what people will turn against in order to gain attention and further their careers. For Roberts, the Auburn story was nothing more than a Hail Mary to save her crashing career. Maybe things have gotten so dire that throwing your alma mater under the bus makes sense in some sad, twisted way.
If the flame throwing, unproven accusations weren’t so bad, you’d almost feel sorry for the 1988 Auburn graduate.
With her work now labeled as “gotcha, hide-the-ball journalism at its worst,” by her own university, Roberts joins Eric Ramsey and Stanley McClover among others in the ever growing fraternity of Auburn people who’ve been exiled forever from campus.
Roberts’s professional life has been in free fall in recent years. Once a rising star with The New York Times and Sports Illustrated, she now finds herself writing for some lowly web site she started called roopstigo.com. In the world of sports writing, that’s a collapse of monumental proportion.
While the questionable lines in last week’s story will likely end any chance of rehabilitating her career, Roberts has earned a reputation of playing fast and loose with the facts.
Most notably, she was questioned by many in the national media over her quickness to convict the Duke Lacrosse Team in 2006 for a rape that was proven later to never have happened.
Noted sports columnist Jason Whitlock took Roberts to task at the time about her inaccurate reporting, writing in the Kansas City Star…
Not long ago, sports writer Selena Roberts compared the Duke lacrosse players to gang members and career criminals.
She claimed that the players’ unwillingness to confess to or snitch about a rape (that did not happen) was the equivalent of drug dealers and gang members promoting anti-snitching campaigns.
When since-disgraced district attorney Mike Nifong whipped up a media posse to rain justice on the drunken, male college students, Roberts jumped on the fastest, most influential horse, using her New York Times column to convict the players and the culture of privilege that created them.
Proven inaccurate, Roberts never wrote a retraction for the columns that contributed to the public lynching of Reade Seligmann, Colin Finnerty and David Evans (former Duke Lacrosse Players).
That snippet gives some insight into how Roberts operates. In the end, this story is going nowhere fast. The lack of evidence and now denial by those questioned means this becomes nothing more than a sucker punch by a disgruntled alumni.
My hope is that none of us find ourselves in such a sad and dark place that we feel the only way to thrive is to turn against the people and places who’ve given us the most joy.
Selena Roberts is a sad soul.
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