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Sean Salisbury aims to move on after admission

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Other than its decidedly 21st-century angles, Sean Salisbury's story is timeless: Show spur-of-the-moment stupidity, deny it in hopes it will be forgotten — then find it follows you around instead.

    "I was ashamed, and I didn't want to say anything," says Salisbury, who was an NFL quarterback for eight years and an ESPN NFL analyst for 12. "I thought it would go away and let my ego get in the way. Since then, I've beat myself up about it more than 10 baseball bats could. A stupid mistake can cost you, and this has really cost me. I should have been having this conversation a long time ago."

    But what Salisbury, 46, is admitting simply substantiates what's already an urban legend on the Internet: that he took cellphone photos of his private parts and showed them.

    Yuck. Salisbury says it only happened once — "a sophomoric mistake" in a Connecticut bar in 2006 — for which ESPN suspended him for a week for then-unspecified reasons.

    Salisbury's ESPN contract wasn't renewed in 2008; he says ESPN never specifically cited the incident in letting him go. In September, he was dropped by a Dallas sports-talk-radio station but strictly because of "disagreements over my contract and show content."

    Speculation over the incident has popped up on various websites. Salisbury has filed suit against one — Deadspin.com — claiming he has been victimized by its "long-running smear campaign" and "malicious lies." (Deadspin declined comment.)

    But by his own admission, Salisbury didn't add to the site's veracity when he had the chance.

    He was asked in a Deadspin interview posted Aug. 14, 2008, if he "took a picture of your genitals on your cellphone and showed it around" and whether such "rumors" were "remotely true."

    Salisbury's response: "I haven't addressed it because it's so absurd and such a bald-faced lie from what the speculation is out there from media outlets and Internet and bloggers that hop on and want to beat you up because they don't like my opinion in football. It never happened."

    That was then.

    Now, Salisbury feels better from having had anger-management therapy — "I needed help. I had a lot of inner anger for years." He says he's trying to champion the cause of accuracy in online reporting in a lawsuit against Deadspin that he insists is anything but frivolous.

    And the book he said he'd write about ESPN in an erratic e-mail exchange with Deadspin in September — saying "some major reputations" would be ruined — is now off.

    "I'm not a tell-all guy and regret saying that," he says.

    Salisbury says the online buzz about his pictures had a devastating effect on his kids and put on hold on any national broadcasting comeback.

    "It was stupid —dumb!— but not malicious," he says. "How can it ruin a good career? … I've gone from being on six days a week to disappearing. And it's not like I wanted to disappear.

    … But it feels good getting it off my chest."

    Only the hardhearted wouldn't see a chance for his redemption.

  2. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

    Aug 20, 2006
    Salisbury's nuts were so small they didn't even make the news... :lol:
  3. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
    Salisbury Steak Action! Mmmmmmm.....

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  4. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    Well my days of not taking him seriously sure have reached a middle point
  5. impgard

    impgard BoltTalker

    Nov 1, 2007
    Salisbury was a terrible analyst anyways. He always took the players side even when they were so clearly at fault, as if he was trying be their buddy instead of an NFL analyst. And his speech patterns were almost like he was mumbling and stuttering at the same time.

    Give me Mark Schlereth or a Charles Davis instead.
  6. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2005
    Salisbury sucked as a QB as well.
  7. powayslugger

    powayslugger No longer a fan- FU Spanos

    Dec 14, 2006
    This guy was a POS. The way he cut into John Clayton was totally classless... but showing his nuts was a couple of steps lower.

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