Martin Manley's Sports Blog May Be Removed From Internet Due to Suicide Post (UPDATE)

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Martin Manley died on his 60th birthday.
Update: Yahoo has made its decision on the fate of Manley's blog.

Martin Manley, a former Kansas City Star reporter, gained worldwide notoriety last week after he posted a website coinciding with his own suicide. The site, MartinManleyLifeandDeath.com, was meant to explain his reasons but also serve as a testament to Manley's life. The tabs discuss his opinions on various topics, career and family history.

Two days later, Yahoo removed the site from the internet, saying it violated the terms of service. They declined the family's request that the site be reposted.

Now, according to Manley's sister, Yahoo intends to take down Sports in Review, the sports blog Manley maintained up until his death because it mentions the suicide.

See also: Martin Manley, Former Kansas City Star Reporter, Posts Website Explaining His Suicide

Before Manley became a famous suicide case, he was a noted sports journalist and statistician. He is credited as popularizing the NBA's standard efficiency rating and worked for the Star for seven years. During that time he created the blog Upon Further Review. Here's how Manley described its birth:

In the summer of 2008 one of my co-editors at the Kansas City Star (Brad Doolittle) and I decided we should create a blog for KansasCity.com - the website owned by the KC Star. We were both heavily into sports stats so it seemed like a pretty good marriage. As marriages go however, it sucked, but it got the blog (Upon Further Review) off the ground which was ultimately the only thing that mattered to me.

After Manley resigned from the paper in 2012, he continued writing about sports on a personal site called Sports in Review. He covered news of the Chiefs, the Royals and Mizzou college ball. Check it out here.

His final entry on the blog went live the day of his suicide, August 15. It was illustrated with a black card that read "The End." Here's part of what he wrote:

I have no doubt that I could still have contributed to the development of statistical data and the interpretation of that data. However, the time has come to draw this quasi-hobby to an end.

The reason for my departure is 100% within my ability to control. You see, earlier today, I committed suicide. I created a web-site to deal with the many questions a person would rightfully have. It's called martinmanleylifeanddeath.com. It went live today. In my opinion, there is no question which you could conceivably ask that I have left unanswered on that site. My goal with this post is closure for SIR.

Yahoo made clear that it considers Manley's suicide site "harmful." As we reported earlier this week, the company returned the five year prepayment Manley made, as well as the domain name and the files he uploaded, to his family. The site is in the process of being rebuilt though it's unclear who will host it.

See also: Martin Manley's Family Pleads with Yahoo to Repost Suicide Website

Now it seems Yahoo is applying the same thinking to Sports in Review. Here's what Manley's sister Barbie Flick wrote to Daily RFT this morning (emphasis ours):

I have learned that in addition to Martin's life and death web site, Yahoo is considering taking down Martin's Sports in Review blog http://www.sportsinreview.com. They have not stated so, but my assumption is that Yahoo finds his last posts offensive. While Yahoo is willing to give us all of the files and domain name for Sports In Review, it would be considerably more difficult to rebuild, than his life and death web site. The sports blog was truly Martin's legacy; and while admittedly will soon become dated, contains a wealth of research, statistics, and excellent articles. For this reason, I have asked them to leave the site up while allowing us to remove his announcement to commit suicide. Yahoo has not yet provided me with their decision.

We've reached out to Yahoo and will update once we have a response.

Meanwhile, Manley's family posted their own memorial site here which includes an obituary and remembrances of him. Together with his own site, it likely makes for the most comprehensive online study of a suicide of all time.

Services will be held next week and, unlike the manner of his death, will be private.

Update: Yahoo is keeping the sports blog up.

"We see no violation of our Terms of Service within Mr. Manley's personal sports blog and we will continue to host the site."

Follow Jessica Lussenhop on Twitter at @Lussenpop. E-mail the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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bill.streeter
bill.streeter

I guess at some point early in this post it should have been explained that Yahoo was actually hosting the site. I couldn't really tell if they were actually hosting or had just removed it from their index until the part where Yahoo was refunding money. I wasn't aware Yahoo still did hosting ... or much of anything else. 

Anne Rezentes
Anne Rezentes

Yes. The voice is an important tool. Let his speak.

Whit Movesian
Whit Movesian

I'm in a support group for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. I showed the group his website and a few people found some answers. They should have left it up. It had the potential to help people.

Lee Collier
Lee Collier

Yahoo is a company just as dead as this man. Shut it all Down.

Meg Wilson
Meg Wilson

He paid for that website to be up for 5 years. I think since Yahoo! decided to take it down, they should give the family back the money Martin spent.. for BOTH blogs.. since he prepaid for them.

Laurie Johnson
Laurie Johnson

Yahoo is a publically traded company and they can do with what they like on their sites and it is in their right to take it down. Now if Mr. Manley's owned his domain site and the government wanted it down then I would be "Hey! That's censorship and wrong!" Since other sites have taken up his story, it will live on.

Matt Picker
Matt Picker

Anonymous already mirrored this guy's whole site, and there's likely more to spring up. Yahoo taking it down is far from "removing it from the internet". Anyone who thinks that they can simply make things like this go away with the click of a button is not living in the same 2013 as you or I.

Ammie Pratt
Ammie Pratt

I think they have no right to take it down. There is MUCH worse, I'm sure hosted by Yahoo...

Matt Ferch
Matt Ferch

This whole saga, from the suicide itself to the website to the removal of the website to the continued attention whored upon this is just sad and pathetic. Next.

joann
joann

As I can TRULY see how it would help people in a group like yours I can also see how much harm it would cause. Growing up with a mother that was in and out of the hospital for trying to commit suicide I could see someone like her using this as a tool to justify her suicide.

In the end the sad truth is would giving me answers to why she did it be better than people who will chase that rabbit in to that hole because it is all explained and justifed?

I think to live my life without answers is better than to have even one more person kill theirself.

facebook32
facebook32

@Meg Wilson : the article says they did give the money back. Although this proves that Yahoo! can't honor a contract anyway...

facebook32
facebook32

@Laurie Johnson He wrote what he intended to do, ON YAHOO, before entering into a contract - PAID FOR FIVE YEARS - with them. "the company returned the five year prepayment Manley made" They broke a contract with the dead. Read the article before posting such ludicrous statements.

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