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.
INSKEEP: You can comment on and debate our stories at npr.org.
(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)
INSKEEP: You're listening to MORNING EDITION, from NPR News.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.