All three newscasts continued the streak of bad publicity dogging the National Football League. CBS had James Brown, from its sports division, point the finger at the Miami Dolphins' coaching staff for tolerating "despicable" behavior in the offensive linemen's feud between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.
ABC's Jim Avila gave free publicity to his corporate colleagues at ESPN's Outside the Lines for its exclusive on the brain damage to onetime star running back Tony Dorsett. NBC's Stephanie Gosk, too, gave credit to ESPN for its Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy story. To Dorsett, Gosk added the diagnosis of Joe DeLamielleure.
ABC's Avila was extreme. He re-ran the sickening archival footage of Cowboy Dorsett's brain being damaged by a devastating tackle by a Philadelphia Eagle a total of five times in his two-minute package.
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