ESPN Spouts Baseless Didier Drogba To MLS Rumor On Front Page

Posted In Rumors - By Ted Meyer On Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 With 0 Comments

So after I watched that god awful NCAA Championship game that even had the announcers complain about it. I thought, well that was probably the worst thing I will see tonight. Then I read this. Freelance writer named Alex Labidou wrote this article on that says according to “sources,” Dider Drogba is “linked” to a move to MLS. Yeah here is what the source says

“Drogba’s uncertain role comes from the top,” said the source, who didn’t want to be identified for the story. “The management backed him when it came to Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari, not this time.”


“Drogba still has a few good years left,” one of the sources said, also on the condition of anonymity. “In MLS, he’d be a nightmare for most defenders.”

Wait, that’s your source?  Some guy talking about the management not backing Drogba and how we would be a nightmare for most MLS defenses. Also, just because he says unnamed source, doesn’t mean this person or persons has any sort of inside information. Normally I wouldn’t care about what some random internet writer threw up. However this is on ESPN and on the front page of their soccer section. Did ESPN read this before posting it? Or did this guy just come up and say, “I have heard that Drogba is considering coming to MLS?” Then they just believed him and put up the article without even reading it. Seriously the editor at ESPN should have taken one look at this article and directed him somewhere else. I don’t think I even want to know if the writer was paid for this.

I am not saying that I don’t think Drogba will come to MLS, but putting this on the front page of a professional sports news organization is well, a little amateur. Keep that speculation to rumors. It is fine to speculate and say rumors, but they remain rumors. Believe me that if another European power comes knocking, Drogba won’t bat an eye. And if you think that Drogba will light it up, why don’t you look at how Henry is doing this season.

About Ted Meyer - Ted Meyer is a writer for The Allocation Order. He is also host of the Bring Back the Stripes Podcast, a D.C. United centered podcast on World Soccer and co-host of Around the League on the Champions Soccer Radio Network.

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