Would You Run This Photo?

The Washington Post ran this photo on the front page of its sports section this morning of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III injuring his knee during Sunday’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

A long-time friend of mine (and journalism grad) was bothered by the photo and questioned the need for the paper publishing it.

I tweeted about the photo and got an almost immediate response from a student in Iowa who also really didn’t think the photo should have been published, saying “I’m not good with seeing things like that — makes me cringe. I can’t look at it!


I agree with his comments 100 percent about the content – but I absolutely think it’s news.  This photo tells the story of the game and what pro football is about.  It’s a really disturbing photo without any explicit gore.  I would definitely have run the photo.

But what do you think?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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One Response to Would You Run This Photo?

  1. admin says:

    As a side note, I was at this game when Pirates catcher Jason Kendall got a compound fracture of his ankle. It was awful. Photos at story are not tough, text is.


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