Yes, we are aware of the situation involving Isaac Haas. No, we are not ignoring it. As the story was breaking our higher ups at SB Nation advised us to not write on it, so we didn’t write about it. I was traveling home from Miami and was on a plane as the information was coming out, so I could do nothing. I shared SB Nation’s email with the rest of the staff and they, too, deferred.
I did write a small post yesterday to address it and sent it up the chain for approval (something they asked us to do) and was told to let it be. Since there are posts accusing the staff and I of avoiding the story or covering it up, I am going to share exactly what SB Nation advised we say:
we are aware of the allegations, we don’t really have anything to add and don’t think this website is a productive place to talk about it.
It really is as simple as that. At the end of the day SB Nation is is ultimately in charge. The original FanPost was taken down because there were attacks and name calling aimed at the women in question and those will not be tolerated. This was taken down by our league managers at SB Nation on Thursday after I had submitted my post. The second FanPost also accusing us of covering things up has also been taken down.
Anything we have written regarding sexual assault and legal cases have ALWAYS had to be run by SB Nation’s higher ups first, such as the previous stories on members of the football teams being accused of sexual assault a few seasons ago. Those were subject to their scrutiny because of their sensitive nature.
Until the legal process runs its course, this will be the lone post on the matter.