Where’s the accountability?

Last Thursday, a site called NFLDraftBible.com posted this “breaking news” story:

Written by NFL Draft Bible Thursday, 02 April 2009 22:36
Boston College DT BJ Raji, Illinois CB Vontae Davis & Florida WR Percy Harvin tested positive for marijuana at the combine, according to various sources, including one NFL team.

And this one:

Written by NFL Draft Bible Thursday, 02 April 2009 22:38
USC LB’s Brian Cushing & Clay Matthews tested positive for steroids at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to various sources, including one NFL team.

On Sunday, NFL drug policy administer Dr. John Lombardo informed Cushing and Matthews that they had nothing to worry about in terms of any failed steroid tests and on Tuesday, Raji was informed that he didn’t fail any drug tests either.

This morning I went onto NFLDraftBible.com and surfed the site a bit. Nice site – really nice site, actually. But what I want to know is: Where’s their accountability? As far as I can tell, they had no reports updating the players’ situations and nothing that stated they spread false rumors. As one of our readers pointed out, the site put these players’ careers on the line with these reports and now they’re not even responsible enough to come out and say that they made false claims. It looks like they made the reports up by claiming they got the information from “various sources” and then went on with their business once the players were cleared.

What’s great about this is that NFLDraftBible.com got what they wanted. They’re probably flooded with hits now and what do they care if they potentially could have ruined the careers of Cushing, Matthews and Raji? The whole thing is ridiculous and I feel bad for the players who presumably did nothing wrong.

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