College Athletes & Crime
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN; 10 a.m. ESPN2)
ESPN Digital Media (to be posted Sunday morning)
When college athletes, especially big-name stars, are accused of crimes, they often make headlines — not just because of an arrest, but often for avoiding charges or prosecution. Some people believe athletes get special treatment for their status, while others believe they are unfairly targeted. Outside the Lines studied thousands of police reports and court records and discovered that athletes at some schools are indeed less likely to face criminal punishment. However, as Paula Lavigne reports in an exclusive investigation, the reasons why may be surprising.
Paula Lavigne: “Was there a sense that you weren’t worried about getting in trouble? That you felt like people would protect you, that you could get away with things? Was there that attitude out there?”
Chris Rainey, former University of Florida running back: “Yeah, we did feel like the – the ‘S’ word (Superman).”
“You can’t win with the people who are just rabid sports fans. I mean, I got hate mail from all over the country. I had people writing me saying that they hope my daughter and my wife got raped. And then I had people writing me saying ‘You’re going to cost us a national championship.’” – Willie Meggs, Florida State Attorney, 2nd Judicial Circuit, who investigates whether athletes get special treatment by police
Anatomy of the Kings’ trying season
ESPN.com national NHL writer Katie Strang chronicles why the Los Angeles Kings went from Stanley Cup Champions in 2014 to missing the playoffs in 2015 Check ESPNFrontRow for the story behind the story.
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
ESPN has unprecedented news and information coverage of the Women’s World Cup in Canada 2015, led by espnW, which will provide on-site features, analysis and reports from each of the 52 matches. espnW profiles U.S. players Hope Solo and Alex Morgan and takes a look at each team in the field.
This week’s Panel* (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ESPN; 10:30 a.m., ESPN2)
John Saunders, Mike Lupica, Bob Ryan, Pablo S. Torrre
*Subject to change
ESPNers’ SJI Honored
Sports Journalism Institute (SJI), the training-internship program co-founded in 1993 and still directed by ESPN News Editor Sandy Rosenbush and Leon Carter, VP and Editorial Director, The Undefeated, has been recognized with the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. SJI is a nine-week training and internship program designed to attract talented women and minority students to journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing and enhance racial and gender diversity in sports departments nationwide. Most of the nearly 300 graduates have gone on to work at newspapers, websites and TV stations and networks around the country. The Missouri School of Journalism has awarded the honor annually since 1930 to outstanding journalists, advertising and public relations practitioners, business people, institutions and media organizations from around the world.