On Sunday’s edition of Outside the Lines (ESPN, 9 a.m.), former Michigan wrestler Marshall Carpenter tells host Will Cain that video games destroyed his wrestling dreams and forced him into rehab.
Cain found that Pitcock did not want to participate in a story. Cain also became aware of a video game addiction rehab center located on the West Coast.
“I was looking for someone who had experienced this, and of course this being ESPN, an athlete would be of particular interest to us,” he said,
Developing relationships with the facility, and with both sides respecting privacy laws and procedures, Cain and producer Michael Sciallo learned that an athlete was undergoing rehab. That athlete was Carpenter, who, with his twin brother Michael, had hoped for a Big 10 wrestling career at Michigan.
“We went about talking to him and seeing if he would participate and tell us his story,” Cain said. “He had to have an internal debate, which I think is very appropriate, whether or not sharing the story was something that he wanted to do considering other people would see it and it would be embarrassing and possibly people would judge him.
“But ultimately he decided that if he could help one person understand that this is a real thing that he had to deal with, maybe he could help other people avoid the same thing.”
Cain said that Carpenter made his decision after gaining a full understanding of what OTL was doing.
“When I do these stories, I’m very sensitive to the fact that these people, whoever we talk to, in whatever story, are really baring a lot to us,” Cain said. “They’re having to trust us to tell their story honestly.
“We’re also overcoming the challenge of our own industry, reducing their life down to a certain amount of time or the issue with this portion of their life down to seven, 10, 12 minutes or whatever it may be, and I think that takes a lot of faith and trust, and it’s not just on sensitive stories, it’s on any story, and that puts a lot weight on our shoulders to do a story right.”
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