Comments on: Medal-less Lolo Jones has nothing to be ashamed of http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/08/08/medal-less-lolo-jones-has-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Anonymous http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/08/08/medal-less-lolo-jones-has-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/#comment-58527 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 18:24:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13761#comment-58527 Good takedown, and you’re absolutely correct, Jones is being browbeat for being an attractive female athlete trying to get something out of this rare chance at exposure. Every female athlete who get’s media exposure faces this crap because they offend a certain segment of the viewing public who think woman have no business being athletes. I read the Times everyday because for the most part I think the articles are interesting and well written, but there’s always exceptions. I’ve always been of the opinion that Jere Longman is a jackass. He’s not respected by me at all. His articles are almost uniformly self serving and petty, and half the time he comes off as a unknowledgeable meathead. Not surprised he wrote this piece of crap. She shouldn’t let this get to her, Jere Longman is a putz.
One thing about this artcle troubled me hhowever. Rob Gronkowski the best TE in the NFL? I don’t think so. ;D Am I opening a can of worms there? Vernon Davis, anyone? Jimmy Graham?

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By: Dempseylicious http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/08/08/medal-less-lolo-jones-has-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/#comment-58525 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 17:36:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13761#comment-58525 What a ridiculously poorly written rebuttal to an article that is perfectly fine in and of itself. The Longman article isn’t at all a, “takedown of attractive, magazine cover girl Lolo Jones, framing her as a slutty, no-talent sellout.” — If you read the article, you are well aware that Longman notes the fact that Jones is a self proclaimed virgin at 30 not to insinuate that she’s lying (as this article claims), but to show that she’s using very personal sexual information about herself to gain media attention (any woman as attractive as Jones would admit it is odd to still be a virgin at this age). He only labels her for what she actually is, an attractive amateur athlete who can’t win the event she trains for in the most important competitions. It is strange in a culture where winning is celebrated so highly that simply winning for many female athletes isn’t enough, but Jones is plenty attractive without all her extra tweeting or nude photos or odd personal habits to be relevant and well endorsed. In addition to this, the article defeats itself with poorly chosen male counterpart athletes. The media actually did spend a few days discussing the Rob Gronkowski nude photos in relation to his night club dancing after losing the Super Bowl. Gronkowski was actually criticized heavily for dancing the loss in the Super Bowl out of his system. Find me one bit of media that criticizes female athletes for dancing. Oh you can’t? That’s because there are none. Also, every single athlete mentioned in this article is far more accomplished than Lolo Jones. Gronkowski is easily the best tight end in the NFL and arguably on his way to being the best tight end ever, Terrell Owens is probably the second best wide receiver to play the game of football, Tyson Chandler is the reigning defensive player of the year and an NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks, Tim Tebow is a SOPHOMORE heisman trophy winner, a two time NCAA champion, and actually WINS games, and Jose Bautista is one of the best hitters in the MLB. Not only that, but these are all TEAM SPORT athletes. Lolo competes with Lolo and that is it. None of her success is dependent on anyone but herself. Rob Gronkowski can’t win a Super Bowl or even play the game without 10 teammates on the field with him. It’s amazing the article claims these are not decorated athletes (some are among the most decorated in their entire sport). — In conclusion, if you read the Longman article, then this article, and you actually check the other athletes in question, you’ll easily see which is the better, more researched article. Heck, Mac McClelland isn’t even a sports journalist, she’s a woman and a “human-rights reporter” which sounds an awful lot like “raging feminist” to me.

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By: mandolinwind http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/08/08/medal-less-lolo-jones-has-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/#comment-58478 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 04:44:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13761#comment-58478 Kudos to Mac McClelland. Jeré Longman’s so-called article about Lolo Jones is one of the worst I have ever read. Jeré should be fired immediately by The New York Times. The article is sick. Jere is sick. The New York Times and Jere Longman should be ashamed and issue an immediate apology to Lolo Jones and to all female athletes at the London Olympics. This is nothing short of character assassination – – it is despicable in every way.

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By: SCgamecockfan12 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/08/08/medal-less-lolo-jones-has-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/#comment-58465 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 20:29:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13761#comment-58465 Awesome article! It is spot-on and accurate.

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By: CDN_Rebel http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/08/08/medal-less-lolo-jones-has-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/#comment-58457 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 18:04:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13761#comment-58457 Last thought. Maria Sharapova is far more beautiful and elegant that Ms Jones and she does well to sell herself to any number of advertising campaigns. Just one other thing – SHE WINS! She also doesn’t talk about her sex life or pose nude. But hey, she’s not American.

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By: CDN_Rebel http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/08/08/medal-less-lolo-jones-has-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/#comment-58456 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 18:02:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13761#comment-58456 Also winning INDOOR championships is like, to stay with the football analogies, winning a preseason game – meaningless. When she’s had the full set of competition she has failed to produce. Conflating that with a TEAM sport like football (where Gronk had a monster game in the Superbowl, in only his 2nd season) is ignorant or intellectually dishonest. As for mentioning Terrell Owens, a player so disliked he was run out the NFL, and Tim Tebow, the most contraversial player today… again, either ignorance or dishonesty. The let the author choose her own standing.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/08/08/medal-less-lolo-jones-has-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/#comment-58454 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 17:46:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13761#comment-58454 I am moved to recall the case of Anna Kournikova, a beautiful tennis player of not-championship talent. She was subject to the same scrutiny, but she seemed quite wry and witty about it all, and laughed all the way to the bank.

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By: chukar22 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/08/08/medal-less-lolo-jones-has-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/#comment-58451 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 17:34:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13761#comment-58451 Nice rebuttal of the stupid article by Jere Longman. There are definitely things that are wrong about certain sports. Most athletes not in the premier sports toil in obscurity for the chance to be on the Olympic stage every 4 years. Lolo Jones got some media and marketing opportunities that are rare for her sport, and she took advantage of them. So what? Every other athlete in her position would do the same. It’s a bigger tribute to her achievement of coming in 4th in the Olympics because she actually had more options than other athletes in her field. She could have simply gone into modeling, and not put in the anonymous hours of training to get to the Olympics and compete.

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By: CDN_Rebel http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/08/08/medal-less-lolo-jones-has-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/#comment-58450 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 17:34:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13761#comment-58450 She is an athlete, fine. So why does she make her sexual choices everyone’s business? SHE is sexualizing herself in order to sell herself, and the crapbag media and too blinded by selling sex to care. Apologist pieces to make her seem like a victim are a joke. She’s a grown woman and knows what she’s doing and, right or wrong, faces the consequences of her actions.

Comparing an olympic athlete – by definition an amateur athlete – to professional athlete that need to sell their sport is laighable at best.

Btw, almost every single athlete in these games has a rock hard body.

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By: Anonymous http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/08/08/medal-less-lolo-jones-has-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/#comment-58448 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 17:16:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=13761#comment-58448 Thank you MAC!! You would think that Longman would have also taken the time to maybe do a favorable write up on one of the overshadowed athletes rather than just stirring the pot with them. A favorable article from the New York Times could do wonders for one of those ladies possibly getting an endorsement, yet he chose to publish an unflattering article about Lolo just days before her race. It’s very sad that this is what the NYT has to do to sell papers.

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