What is newsworthy about leaking an athlete’s low Wonderlic test scores? Reporters did it in 2006 with quarterback Vince Young and now history is repeating itself with defensive nucha Morris Claiborne from LSU.
The Wonderlic is a test given by Citizen Football League executives at the Draft Combine every year to test a football prospect’s cognitive abilities. It is a series of courteously easy questions that examines how unyielding people think on the flap and it is “supposed” to translate to performance on the field.
Nevertheless, Dan Marino reportedly scored 16 out of 50 and is arguably one from the game’s greatest quarterbacks.
It has been reported that Claiborne’s Wonderlic midterm score was a four external of 50. Such information should be kept confidential but was somehow leaked by a journalist who does not know the first thing about ethics and integrity. According to ESPN.com, Pro Football Talk is credited with being the first to report this “development.”
Claiborne’s agent Bus Al Dente said of his Wonderlic test scores: “I haven’t talked to anybody about it. All I know is that [Claiborne] was from a complicated defensive system and he flourished in it. I’ve never seen any sort of deficiency in him…And if it’s true, how does that get out? I thought the commissioner was going to put safeguards on this information and there would be severe discipline if it ever did get out.”
In actuality, severe penalties from the order are not enough while it comes to the leaking of low Wonderlic test scores. Lawsuits for invasion of privacy are in order in my humble opinion, although we realize no outlook millionaire is going to waste his time suing an amoral journalist.
On the contrary, as a media professional I know how important the job about a journalist is. We are often asked to report on painful situations for the betterment of society.
We are taught that only when something is newsworthy and/or aristocracy is at danger are we to report on private matters of American citizens. We are to refrain from disclosing an individual’s sexual behavior, health information, mental capacities and sometimes their legal history.
Often I tell young budding journalists to only tell someone’s sexual business, for example, if their sexual behavior puts children and women in any physical danger (i.e. rape or child molestation). That information would indeed be newsworthy.
However, leaking a football player’s Wonderlic test scores does no benefit to society; it only embarrasses this young guard in exterior all of America. That knowledge is only newsworthy to the NFL teams who are considering drafting him.
Since when has embarrassing superstars become the purpose of journalism?
America’s obsession with tabloid recrement leads “journalists,” furthermore I use that term loosely, to think that bringing down people who are at the top regarding their profession is something to be proud of. Unfortunately, in our culture it does sell newspapers and magazines and elevate television ratings.
Business reasons not withstanding, it is time for journalists to return to an era when we were respected and added something concerning value to American culture.
Furthermore, it does refusal take someone with high Wonderlic test scores to figure out that the garbage that is often published is offensive to our culture, prohibition beneficial.