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    ESPN illustrates one of the great traps for people – the trap of being insecure and driven to justify all your own actions.

    We all (or at least 97% of us) agree that moving Robert Lee off of the Virginia game was stupid. It was foolish. And now ESPN is running around trying to cast its actions in a reasonable light, to make them rational and possibly even heroic – well intentioned. And in their defense of themselves, they are just making themselves look more idiotic.

    This is demonstrating ESPN’s rank insecurity. They didn’t need to spin the decision, they didn’t need to prove they were right to do so. They are ESPN, and they ought to think they can do what they want with their broadcast line up. Consider: Clay can hang up on a caller on outkick or block some douche on periscope, it’s his show. He doesn’t need to justify it or defend it; he acts as he thinks is best. If someone thinks he’s wrong or would say, “Well, I wouldn’t have blocked that guy” – oh well. It’s not your show.

    Clay acts with confidence and doesn’t need to “apologize” – which actually doesn’t just mean saying one is sorry but also includes defending your actions. Why would ESPN feel compelled to explain or justify itself.

    In fact, if the ESPN management were confident – they would have be the first to laugh at the ridiculousness of everything. That’s what Bob Ley did – he’s secure in his position so he can make light of the whole thing.

    ESPN could do the same thing – in fact they could use this to their benefit. ESPN Management should whip up an ad for Outside the Lines where a bunch of people are knocking over and stomping on a Bob Ley bobblehead while he walks on by shaking his head: “Outside the Lines – because we need serious journalism now more than ever.”

    Own this. Use it to your advantage.

    But they won’t, because management is insecure and bent on self-justification.

    So, what do we all as intelligent folks learn from this? In your own life, be secure in your actions. If you mess up, own it. Run with it. And don’t act out of fear.

    Or as Clay might say, DBAP!

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