ESPN Apologizes For Tee Higgins NFL Draft Graphic Detailing His Mother’s Drug Addiction
Over the weekend ESPN’s coverage of the NFL draft was heavily criticized for overemphasizing the tragic moments in the lives of potential draftees.
Fans accused ESPN of going too far with their player backgrounds when they put up a graphic to detail Tee Higgins’ past which included a tidbit about his mother battling drug addiction for 16 years.
ESPN has now apologized for the graphic in a statement after backlash from fans.
Via Washington Post
“It was a mistake and we apologize for it,” ESPN vice president of production Seth Markman told the Washington Post in a statement Sunday. “We want our draft coverage to personalize players and, where appropriate, acknowledge the obstacles they’ve had to overcome on their journey to the NFL. This graphic lacked proper context.”
Despite the public outcry over the graphic, Higgins himself didn’t seem bothered by it.