ESPN admits it edited Tiger Woods’ depressing DUI mugshot, saying it was a routine editorial decision.
When SportsCenter first reported on Woods’ arrest Monday, a cleaned up version of his headshot appeared on the left side of the screen under the “breaking news” banner. His thinning hair, which is disheveled in the authentic version, was cleaned up and combed.
— Geoff Shackelford (@GeoffShac) May 29, 2017
In a statement emailed to WEEI, an ESPN spokesman stated the decision was made so the photograph would fit neatly onto the screen. “We have utilized a standard template for on-air headshots, which led to the background being dropped for consistency. We will revisit this process to improve it going forward,” it reads.
The real mugshot was still seen across ESPN Monday, with the photoshopped copy only appearing in conjunction with the “breaking news” graphic.
Ok, what? That explanation makes literally zero sense whatsoever. It was edited so it could fit neatly onto the screen? There’s still hair showing? Why nix the messy Afro hair and substitute it with the sleek Asian hair? It makes no sense and that response baffles me even more after I have their response. If ESPN wants to save money because they’re losing subscribers by the millions, they can probably start by not wasting their time editing hairdo’s.