CBS NFL Analyst Gets A Restraining Order For “Family Violence,” Goes On TV Anyway
Last week, Shannon Sharpe offended more than just purists of the English language when it was revealed that a temporary restraining order was issued against the former tight end by a suspected girlfriend for an alleged “family violence” incident.
The allegations weren’t enough to put Sharpe on the sidelines for CBS’s coverage of the opening weekend of the NFL season, with the former Bronco and Raven on set with his fellow anchors as if nothing happened. The network found no reason to take any disciplinary action since no proof of the accusations has yet been presented.
That wasn’t enough for New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick, who criticized the network for its inaction in the matter. Further complicating the circumstances is Sharpe’s history of scrapes with domestic law as indicative of the 10 civil complaints filed against him over the last decade and a half.
The leeway given to Sharpe is cause for concern for Mushnick:
If even partially true, this all makes you wonder if CBS did its homework six years ago when it hired Sharpe, or whether the network just liked the fact that he was a talkative, accomplished player who flexed his muscles for the cameras. In TV, that's often all it takes.
It’s quite clear that Roger Goodell isn’t in charge of meting out punishment on the CBS set. But at least we know a place where Ben Roethlisberger can hang out while he's suspended, especially since he’s not exactly welcome on at least one other pre-game show.
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