With this, we would officially like to nominate Detroit WXYT radio host Mike Valenti for Keith Olberman’s nightly “Worst Person in the World” segment. Why? He felt it was appropriate to read out jokes instant messaged in to his sports talk show, the Sports Inferno, about Corey Smith after the former Lion defensive end was deemed lost at sea.
(From left, Mike Valenti and Sports Inferno co-host Terry Foster.)
According to the DETROIT FREE PRESS, Valenti has acted quickly to apologize for reading out one instant message that cracked a joke about Smith and another about the capsized boat that eventually claimed the lives of Smith, Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper and former South Florida football player Will Bleakley. Of course, Valenti only apologized after the Lions team president, Tom Lewand raised his disgust about Valenti’s comments on Wednesday.
By now, everyone knows the sad story of Nick Schuyler and his boatmates who were lost at sea off the Florida coast. Well, the tragedy gets sadder, as Schuyler is now reportedly changing his story about what happened to his former South Florida teammate, Will Bleakley. Rather than watching Bleakley take off his lifevest and swim toward what he thought was a light in the distance, Schuyler now says his teammate died in his grasp, succumbing to severe hypothermia and dehydration.
(Bleakley: Died in teammate’s arms.)
The new and crushing rendition of Bleakley’s end came out via Bleakley’s father, who spoke with Schuyler on the phone Wednesday and relayed the coversation to the TAMPA TRIBUNE. For the record, Schuyler seems to be sticking to his original story that linebacker Marquis Cooper and defensive end Corey Smith both drifted away from the boat, but the revised story of Bleakley’s final hours is so sad that it seems understandable that Schuyler would have lied about how he died when first asked.
The chances that Detroit Lion Corey Smith, Oakland Raider Marquis Cooper, and fellow boater Will Bleakley will ever be found went from slim to none on Tuesday evening as the U.S. Coast Guard called off their search for the missing boaters at sunset. After covering over 20,000 square miles of water since Saturday afternoon, the Coast Guard decided that if they were ever going to find survivors other than Nick Schuyler they would have done it already.
So in order to find out what happened to the four men who went out on that boat we’re going to have to rely on the word of the rescued Schuyler. Obviously, after going through the ordeal that Schuyler has been through, we can’t be sure anything he says is the truth right now, but he did have some disturbing news about his missing friends.