The Case for Giving Omar Vizquel a Second Chance

In sports, media often seeks to rehabilitate their favorite players and coaches regardless of allegations against them. For instance, Adam Schefter interviewed Greg Hardy after he was accused of wrongdoings. Jameis Winston and Peyton Manning faced similar treatment in the media. Omar Vizquel, after being accused of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old batboy and domestic violence against his ex-wife, was the subject of a restorative piece by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. However, such articles often exclude crucial questions or strategies for interviewing a player accused of such things. Vizquel’s portrait of himself as a victim in the media lacks introspection and empathy for his victims, implying his concern for his image, making it clear what kind of person he is.