Darren Rovell will no longer be participating in “Wonderlic shaming.”
The ESPN business reporter caught some flak from colleague Bomani Jones last week after tweeting out what Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook scored on the intelligence test, given annually to NFL prospects at the combine. He then agreed to take the test himself and broadcast it live on Periscope.
Rovell’s result was better than 78 percent of the population, but below the journalist average of 28.
In an article published Tuesday night, Rovell explained how the experience has given him a new perspective on the Wonderlic test and why he’s decided to stop revealing prospects’ scores.
“I immediately felt sympathy for the players,” he wrote. “What happens if, when interviewing for ESPN 17 years ago this month, I was given this test? What happens if it was a factor in ESPN’s hiring or not hiring me? For the first time, I related to all of the combine tests, a bad outcome resulting in millions of dollars lost or not being drafted and a dream coming to an end.”
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