It took ESPN just a few seconds to cover the death of Kent State football player Jason Bitsko on Wednesday.
It would have been even less had the less-than-comprehensive coverage not invoked the ire of SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett.
Reading from the teleprompter, Everett said Bitsko had died from an undetermined medical issue and that he had received an award for hard work and dedication after becoming Kent’s starting center.
Then, in what seemed an unscripted remark, Everett added this, with an indignant tone:
“Guys like Bitsko don’t get headlines. Those go to Manziel not starting in Cleveland and Miller unable to play in Columbus …”
He had barely finished when photos of Johnny Manziel and Braxton Miller went up on the screen where a picture of Jason Bitsko: 1993-2014 had been, but only for a few seconds.