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Addressing the MMA Media’s Coverage of Sammy Vazquez’s Death

Over the last week two sources (BloodyElbow.com and FightOpinion.com) that I have the upmost respect for has been highly critical of how the “MMA media” on the Internet have covered the death of mixed martial artist Sammy Vazquez. The prevailing thought purveyed by both Luke Thomas and Zach Arnold has essentially been that many MMA media outlets have either chosen not to cover the story or devote light coverage to it out of fear of bringing negative attention to the sport.

I can’t speak for others but I can speak for myself.

I without question devoted light coverage to the story, only addressing the story with two posts on my ProElite.com blog. One post was published soon after I first learned about the story via a report I saw on FightNetwork.com and the second was another post this past weekend soon after FightNetwork.com issued a report that confirmed Vazquez’s death.

My reasons for devoting light coverage to the story had nothing to do with fear or bringing negative attention to the sport and was not an attempt to sweep the situation under the rug. It has to do with how I was taught to practice journalism.

For me to comment on this situation is a lose/lose proposition. This story should be about Sam Vazquez, not a story about how the MMA media covered the story. However, after listening to an interview with Luke Thomas that was conducted by JarryPark.com’s Ariel Helwani that referenced a e-mail I sent to Helwani in response to a question he had for me, I had to speak out as I do not feel my comments were represented clearly. I think Ariel does a great job with his site and this post is not intended as an indictment of his abilities, merely this is a forum for me to convey my COMPLETE stance on the situation on the matter.

Simply put, the e-mail comment that was read during Luke and Ariel’s interview was not presented in its full¬† and proper context. I feel Helwani presented my comment as minimizing the death of Vazquez because he was not a major name in MMA. That wasn’t what I was saying.

Not even close.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REMAINDER OF THIS ARTICLE ON SAM CAPLAN’S PROELITE.COM BLOG

5 COMMENTS
  • Zack says:

    I’ll admit I thought it was odd you guys didn’t address it head on, but I didn’t think you did it out of callousness or fear. At the very least you guys probably should have been linking to junkie’s or Sherdog’s coverage the same day.

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  • Sam Caplan says:

    I made a post the day it happened on my ProElite.com blog that linked to a report on The Fight Network.

    As I have said before, my ProElite.com blog is where I do the majority of my posting. More people need to go to my blog there and either bookmark it or subscribe to the RSS feed.

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  • Zack says:

    I remember seeing it, but I was surprised it wasn’t cross posted here or that one of the other 5oz bloggers didn’t link to a story about the event. I’m not trying to make a “thing” out of it, but its one of those things that you guys could have done to avoid the Thought Police scrutiny.

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  • Johnny P. says:

    I listen to this today. While I do think you were misrepresented or taken out of context – perhaps both – Sam, I think Luke did a pretty good job of addressing that. At one point, and I ALWAYS wish people stopped and gave qualifiers in these situations, Luke makes an off hand remark like “but I don’t think Sam meant it that way” or something to that extent, in a tone much like what he began with when the quote was reads to him. Obviously, you really gotta read into it, but Luke did get that this wasn’t the entirety of your thoughts or feelings on the subject, and I wanted to throw that out here, especially because I’m a big fan of when the two of you do audio together (my out of context thought).

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