Caleb Moore's X-Games death: ESPN's Tony Kornheiser thinks snowmobile event should end

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Video below.
Yesterday's death of snowmobiler Caleb Moore as the result of a crash at the X-Games in Aspen has led to grief on the part of his family and friends, as well as debate about his sport of choice.

Among the most prominent critics of the event: Tony Kornheiser of ESPN, the network that sponsors the X-Games.

After Moore passed away yesterday morning, ESPN issued the following statement:

We are deeply saddened by Caleb Moore's passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, Wade and Michelle, his brother, Colten, and the entire Moore family. He will be remembered for his natural passion for life and his deep love for his family and friends, and he will always be an inspiration to everyone he touched in the action sports community.

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Caleb Moore in an image from his Facebook page.
As a result of this accident we will conduct a thorough review of this discipline and adopt any appropriate changes to future X Games.

For 18 years we have worked closely on safety issues with athletes, course designers and other experts. Still, when the world's best compete at the highest level in any sport, risks remain. Caleb was a four-time X Games medalist attempting a move he has landed several times previously.

As you can see, the network is trying to have it both ways in the comment -- promising an investigation of the snowmobile competition, but suggesting that the dangers associated with the X-Games are similar to those in other sports -- and adding that the trick that severely injured and later killed him (he came off the snowmobile, which then landed on him) was nothing out of the ordinary.

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Tony Kornheiser.
Kornheiser isn't buying it, though, despite collecting a hefty ESPN paycheck. While other segments about Moore on the network yesterday mostly stuck to eulogizing, with frequent mentions of the statement above, the discussion about the topic between Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on yesterday's edition of Pardon the Interruption was harder hitting. Kornheiser argued that snowmobiles simply aren't designed to fly through the air in the way the competition demands, likening the result to stunts like jumping a motorcycle over a row of buses. Moreover, he feels the potential problems are only compounded by the requirement that riders leave the snowmobile's seat to do twists, turns and more.

Wilbon didn't echo these observations, bringing up examples such as divers who die or are severely injured when they hit their head on the board after an acrobatic maneuver. But Kornheiser stood firm, saying flatly that since "ESPN owns that event," the network should "get rid of this competition."

Will the network do so? Doubtful -- but with even in-house pundits like Kornheiser arguing for such action, major changes could be in the offing.

Look below to see one of Moore's final interviews, standing alongside brother Colten, who also suffered an injury (he separated his pelvis) during the X-Games.

More from our Sports archive: "Caleb Moore dies after X-Games crash in Aspen, first casualty in event's history."

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Jack Thursby
Jack Thursby

Quite the contrary. We should be encouraging MORE bored white suburban douchebags and dimwitted corn pone farm boys/girls to take up extreme sports and therefore remove themselves from the gene pool.

RevBF
RevBF

Is he just going to ignore the fact that there have been men that have died from injuries sustained in Football? High school and College athletes drop like flies because of undiagnosed heart problems. Because someone dies we should all of a sudden ban it from existence. Sad...and I was beginning to really enjoy war. 

None the less Caleb Moore lived a life many can only dream of. His very short existence not only fulfilled his own desires, but was an inspiration to many more that wish to follow in his footsteps. We should all hope to be like that one day. Just because he didn't live to 80 in a miserable bubble like the rest of us probably will, it doesn't mean his life was 'cut short' - in fact, his life was just condensed and that's something his family I'm sure will no doubt be proud of.

ecurmudgeon
ecurmudgeon

Rather than just focusing on the motorsports events, how 'bout just ending that "bro"-culture advertising fest otherwise known as the "X-Games" altogether?

Calling it "sport" demeans the word...

Ben Barr
Ben Barr

Someone knew the risks, but drank to much water... We must BAN water because it maliciously killed the person responsible for ingesting it! The murderer was last seen playing Farmville before that gastly crime. Ban Farmville! This shit is getting wack... RIP Caleb Moore, You died doing what you love to do. Fuck these assholes who want to capitalize on tragedy in the most knee-jerk way possible...

Michelle Anthony
Michelle Anthony

Not at all he would be rolling over in his grave if that happened : ( These men and women in the x-games go into their jobs daily KNOWING! that each day Could be their last.. : ) It's their passion ..career ..hobby It's what the feed off of. Adrenaline is the name of their game ..This would be a blow to all them if did so happen :P

D.j. Horton
D.j. Horton

That's why they are called extreme sports. No one is trying to ban skiing and multiple people have died this year in CO alone. These athletes live this lifestyle embracing the danger.

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

We should all be free enough to get a daily dose of death and destruction on the 10:00 news. Watching people kill themselves is way cool.

Russell Lott
Russell Lott

should we all just sit on the couch and do nothing. life is a risk. stock car racing goes on. bull riding goes on. people are not forced to participate

David Smith
David Smith

Every time something bad happens someone says ban this, ban that! I thought we lived in a free country.

Mike Milos
Mike Milos

WRONG! We al know the risks. Just like a race car driver!

Carey Martin
Carey Martin

i think it should be up to the athletes involved, wether or not they want to put their lives in danger.....and it would stay

Shawn Kipp
Shawn Kipp

not at all, athletes know the risks involved

Monkey
Monkey

@ecurmudgeon Sports that use balls are for people without the balls to do anything else.....like you. Enjoy the football game bro, and all the erectile disfunction commercials.

ecurmudgeon
ecurmudgeon

@Monkey So, is projection just a hobby or a full-time occupation?

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