Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham in hot water over Twitter use

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It all started with this since-deleted exchange. Out of nowhere, the Globe’s Pete Abraham calls a tweeter “Grand Wizard” aka the leader of the Ku Klux Klan, for implying that the Red Sox are better without David Price. As Abraham should know, deleting this tweet would not solve the problem because once you tweet something, it’s almost impossible to control. Since this tweet, Abraham has given a lame apology (seen below), but is still feeling the heat from the asinine tweet.

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Check the mentions of any Abraham tweet and it is filled with comments destroying his accusation that someone is racist because they don’t like David Price. The story is best chronicled by Jared Carrabis at Barstool Sports, where he goes through the story of Abraham and also his past experiences with Abraham, which frankly make Abraham look very insecure.

For me, I have heard from many accounts that Abraham is not the most pleasant person behind closed doors. However, my problem with this is using his high-profile position as a beat writer to constantly give the team the benefit of the doubt. In this case, the tweeter who said the Red Sox were “better without” David Price was almost definitely looking at his 3.99 ERA, worst since his rookie year, and the fact that he is making $31 million a year. Race notwithstanding, most fans are ticked off when a high paid player underachieves and especially when they are as sensitive on Twitter as David Price is.

Abraham should not be focused on coming to the team’s defense and race-baiting, as that is not his job as a beat writer. In Carrabis’ post, he also recounts the time that Abraham claimed that Pablo Sandoval couldn’t have liked an Instagram post during a game because it is against MLB policy. When the story, which Carrabis broke, was confirmed to be true, Abraham begrudgingly gave credit to Carrabis. It seems that Abraham’s first instinct here was to work as a PR person, not a reporter covering a team and investigating. To me, that is something that the Globe should keep an eye on. Who knows if he has had stories in the past that he has kept under the pillow to please the team.

 

 

 

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Barstool Sports Owns Headlines During Super Bowl Week

The Patriots may have been the victorious football team in Super Bowl LI, but Barstool Sports, a blog founded in Boston, found themselves claiming headlines seemingly everyday. To start, the Barstool crew was in Houston for their television debut after they scored a midnight slot on Comedy Central for their flagship show, the Barstool Rundown. The show had modest success, averaging approximately 250,000 viewers through the four-day trial period.

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