But as tired as we all are of hearing about Mike Rice, I'm just as sick of this Eric Murdock character. Murdock, a former Rutgers assistant coach, was the whistelblower on Rice's behavior and he's now filing a wrongful termination suit against the university. If he just wanted the school to get rid of Rice for the "good of the players," fine. But it just feels a lot like he's trying to cash in on the whole situation.
Anyways, instead of talking more about Murdock and Rutgers, let's look at some of the other famous "whistleblowers" throughout history. (By the way, "whistleblower" is just a nice way of saying snitch, rat, or tattle-tale.)
Deep Throat is the nickname given to the informant in the Watergate scandal. The pseudonym was a genius use of double entendre by the famous American pervert-journalists Woodward and Bernstein.
Decades later, Deep Throat was revealed to be FBI Associate Director Mark Felt. The name "Deep Throat" was first publicized in 1974, two years after the porno film Deep Throat was released. Oh, if only the Internet had been around to document that series of events.
|Mark Felt. The guy doesn't look like he did porn, but his nickname says otherwise.|
Here's what boston.com says about Whitey Bulger, who's been in the news recently:
James "Whitey" Bulger, Boston's most notorious gangster, worked hand-in-hand with FBI agents, ratting out his Mob rivals in exchange for protection. When the partnership unraveled, he disappeared. He was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., with his long-time girlfriend, Catherine Greig, on June 22, 2011. He is expected to go on trial in June 2013.
In Rat Bastards, a thoroughly entertaining book about the Boston Irish mob, John "Red" Shea details how Bulger ratted on almost all of his associates. Whitey may not have been a prototypical whistleblower, because he only flipped after the FBI had built a huge case against him. Still, it's safe to say that he was a rat of the highest order.
Fredo Corleone, Henry Hill, Frank Pentangeli, and all other Mafia movie snitches
Suffice it to say, though, that most of the snitches in the Italian mob met unseemly demises. The best those rats could have hoped for was what Henry Hill got at the end of Goodfellas:
"I'm an average nobody...get to live the rest of my life like a schnook."
Nina Myers from 24
"A Jose Canseco bat? Tell me, you didn't pay money for this."
Dunder Mifflin Whistleblower
There are many other well-known whistleblowers and snitches throughout history, including Benedict Arnold, Sammy Gravano, and Julian Assange. But if you ever have the urge to become a whistleblower, just remember a phrase of which my students constantly remind each other: Snitches get stitches.