Listeners Disagree Over Frank Deford's Commentary Listeners have written emails regarding Frank Deford's commentary on Pittsburgh Steeler's quarterback Ben Roethlisberger which aired Wednesday. Some thought Deford casually brushed off the seriousness of sexual assault allegations. Others, heard irony in Deford's approach.
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Listeners Disagree Over Frank Deford's Commentary

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Listeners Disagree Over Frank Deford's Commentary

Listeners Disagree Over Frank Deford's Commentary

Listeners Disagree Over Frank Deford's Commentary

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Listeners have written emails regarding Frank Deford's commentary on Pittsburgh Steeler's quarterback Ben Roethlisberger which aired Wednesday. Some thought Deford casually brushed off the seriousness of sexual assault allegations. Others, heard irony in Deford's approach.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Deford called Roethlisberger dreadful but he suggested, quote, "Let the thugs play."

FRANK DEFORD: Why, pray, of all people, are athletes pretty much alone in our society, expected to be sweeter than the average angel? It is politicians and clergy and those maestros of finance on Wall Street who ought to be held to a higher standard. Why aren't they ever called role models?

INSKEEP: That was Frank Deford earlier this week. This sparked a pile of emails and a vigorous debate at npr.org.

INSKEEP: Other listeners heard irony in Frank Deford's approach. Dena Silver(ph) writes that if people listened to the commentary, as opposed to reading it, they would note the exasperation in the writer's voice, which was ever so appropriate and effective.

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