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Athlete-Reporter fights

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Cousin Jeffrey, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Cousin Jeffrey

    Cousin Jeffrey Active Member

    SI.com's Pete McEntegart presented his top 10 Athlete-Reporter confrontations. It's an extremely lazy compilation mostly consisting of athletes shoving photogs (in honor of Belichick)

    So anyone got some good ones, either yours or others.

    My favorite story in this subject is Will McDonough's locker room fight Raymond Clayborn:

    In 1979, after the New England Patriots beat the NY Jets 56-3, McDonough was standing beside defensive back Raymond Clayborn's locker. He listening in on an interview when Clayborn approached.

    Clayborn jabbed his finger into McDonough's chest, but the finger slipped and poked the writer in the right eye. So McDonough stepped back and unloaded a straight right hand on Clayborn, then a quick left. And as Clayborn is going down, the journalist gives the football player a third shot to side of his head.


    Another writer in the locker room looked around and thought, "This is when they kill all the sportswriters."

    What Clayborn didn't know is that McDonough grew up in public housing in the Old Colony Project (and St. Augustine's Parish) in South Boston. If you've seen "Goodwill Hunting" that's 'Southie' to you. McDonough died in 2003, but that story goes on. And on. And on.

    “I said that if any guy pushes me to the point, then something is going to happen,” McDonough said at the time. “It’s just unfortunate for [Clayborn] that he did it.”
  2. Kritter47

    Kritter47 Member

    Didn't Dominik Hasek pick a sportswriter up by the necktie once about 10 years ago?
  3. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    Wasn't that Jim Kelly, of Buffalo News fame?
  4. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Yes, it was. IIRC, Kelley had suggested in a column that Hasek was dogging it and playing up a supposed injury.
  5. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    I'm a big enough guy that if someone pushed me past my flash point, I could hold my own, but I'll be damned if I'm going to get into it with an athlete unless it's ground zero-type stuff (threatening to kill my mom and skullfuck her corpse, stuff like that). Not only for the obvious damage it'd do for my ability to handle my job impartially and professionally, but good gravy, throw hands with someone with personal security? Eh eh.
  6. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    I can't wait for the day that Steve Williams tries to confiscate a camera from someone who has, say, an eighth-degree black belt, a hair-trigger temper and a tendency to "black out." Nighty-night, Steve-O, you knob-gobbler.
  7. deadliner

    deadliner Member

    Didn't John Denny have a physical confrontation with a reporter?
    Didn't Dave Kingman dump a bucket of ice water on a reporter's head?
  8. Pete

    Pete Well-Known Member

    For what it's worth, and it's probably not worth much, but I have it on good authority that this list was specifically intended to be Sports Figures vs. Cameras (And The People That Carry Them). Thus it intentionally excluded contretemps such as McDonough-Clayborn, Bobby Bonilla-Bob Klapisch and the like. That might be fodder for a separate list.

    Thus while the list could perhaps be teased more accurately (and that might well be tweaked), I don't think the writer was unaware of battles between ink-stained wretches and athletes. It's just that the presence of a camera was the key to this conceit.

    Still, I don't doubt that this McEntegart fellow is very lazy.
  9. thanks for the example
  10. Jones

    Jones Active Member

  11. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Wasn't there a story about some Toronto Blue Jays manager with his cock dangling in another reporter's face?
  12. Jones

    Jones Active Member

    I don't know what you're talking aboot.
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