Ok, fair warning is given. I am going to rant. I am pretty pissed. I am a mom.
A local state college, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater has had a major controversy brewing with a major newspaper based in Oklahoma City. I have never cared much about learning their distribution range...until now. A female sports writer has opened a BIG can of worms and as a parent I am outraged at the article she recently printed which is at the center of debate. And I'm not a fan of the college either, but...
Do any of you have children that play sports or have ever participated? What about college sports or amateur level? How would you as a player, parent, sibling or...human with feelings...deal with a sports writer...male or female...or respond when someone writes an article in a MAJOR sports column and basically calls you a wuss. Ya know...wimp...wienie...yellow...what about chicken?
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is being called out as having acted unprofessionally and inappropriately...my opinion is he set out to repair an undeserved ridicule by overshadowing the damage created by someones printed "observations". The coach not only showed his support for his player but inspired others by standing up for a player that was mercilessly attacked.
Long story made short - kinda - reporter has the freedom to write a story based on her "observations" and claims an anonymous source backs her "facts" about a young college athlete she claims is being replaced as quarterback because of his attitude...not ability. She claims he got "nicked" a couple of times and was scared to finish out the game. She said he was sitting it out instead of gutting it out.
This reporter belittled an amateur athlete who is playing a GAME. Not every player has NFL aspirations and deserves to be rated by her in terms of ability. She says she has the right to state her opinion. Yes she does. God bless America. But, has she ever played football? Has she ever been tackled by a 300 lb. 6'5" defensive tackle? Was she sitting next to this kid asking him what was going through his mind? Was she present when she claims his mother fed him "chicken" after the game? Her column was fiction and opinion...as for ethical...she didn't supposedly state anything in the article that could be legally contested.