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Athlete-Reporter fights

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

  1. Pete McEntegart and Kelly Dwyer both draw paychecks from SI.

    I think that gives them the last laugh and the trump card to any snark from anonymous posters here.
  2. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Yeah, but the real question is ...

    Pete McEntegart >>>> Ryan Sonner?
  3. henryhenry

    henryhenry Member

    this is from gene wojo's "pond scum and vultures":

    "not so poignant was the time Steve Fainaru, then the boston red sox beat reporter for the hartford courant, walked into the visiting clubhouse at oakland's alameda county stadium after a 1987 game against the athletics to do what he normally did: talk to the manager, interview a few players, then make his way back to the press box to write his story.
    but this time red sox ceo haywood sullivan was in the clubhouse and he was granting interviews. so fainaru joined a small pack of reporters, only to hear a voice in the background. it was designated hitter jim rice, and he was mocking the writers huddled around sullivan.
    fainaru turned and sneered in rice's direction. it was a "what-an-idiot" sneer, pure and simple.
    rice stared back. "You got a problem with me?" he said.
    "Yeah, I do," fainaru said.
    "what?" said rice, now face to face with fainaru.
    this was dangerous, thought fainaru. it was also a tad dramatic. so rather than press the issue, fainaru walked away, only to reconsider a few moments later. he was tired of dealing with players like rice. rice was an ass, he decided, and it was time to tell rice that very thing. so, as he waited for rice to emerge from the showers, fainaru informed a boston writer of his plans to confront the former all-star. the writer nodded and then, oddly enough, complimented fainaru on his choice of clothes that night. "I really like that shirt," the writer said.
    about that time, rice began walking back to his dressing stall. fainaru met him.
    "I just want you to know that if you continue to give me shit, i'm going to give it back," fainaru said calmly. "i'm not going to continue to take it."
    rice didnt' say a word. instead, he grabbed fainaru by the shirt - his brand-new black shirt - and pulled it hard. there was a ripping sound as the fabric gave way to rice's mighty tug. rice began screaming at fainaru. fainaru screamed back. there was scuffling and pushing and shoving. the whole thing resembled a rugby scrum.
    for fainaru, it was almost an out-of-body experience as he felt his shirt disappear from his back. clutching what material was left from the shirt, fainaru aimed and threw it at rice. riche charged, but was stopped by several players. meanwhile, red sox player mike greenwell escorted fainaru out of the clubhouse.
    the next day, rice approached fainaru near the batting cage and extended his hand. fainaru mumbled something but neither man apologized. and one other thing: rice never offered to replace the tattered shirt.
  4. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    Geno Auriemma is an asshole.

    Also, I vaguely remember the reporter in question came on SJ that night and tried to defend herself. It got ugly fairly quickly.

    Still, Geno Auriemma is an asshole.
  5. Jones

    Jones Active Member

    I could be getting both parties wrong, and for that I apologize in advance, but I'm pretty sure that I witnessed Wally Mathews and Todd Pratt nearly come to blows during the 2000 Subway Series. I also seem to remember Pratt being the one to blink first.
  6. oldhack

    oldhack Member

    Susan Fornoff of the Sac Bee.
  7. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Was that the same outburst where Hal tossed the phone?
  8. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Memory might not be serving me right, but didn't Robin Miller and Jeff George throw down in the early 90s?
  9. doubledown68

    doubledown68 Active Member

    Acutally, the enduring quote from that fabulous tirade was:

  10. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    You mean Tony George?
  11. dragonfly

    dragonfly Member

    Famous TJ Simers - Jim McMahon episode from thebiglead.com interview

    Q: You’ve had your share of run-ins with athletes. Plaschke famously clashed with Raul Mondesi. Which athlete has been the biggest prick to you, and is there one particular incident that sticks out?

    That’s a tie between Jim McMahon and Kevin Brown. McMahon blew his nose on me. It began months earlier when I parked a golf cart against the back door of the Charger locker room so he couldn’t run from us out the back door. I went to him each day and he would swear at me and I would ask him to slow down so I could write it all down. Later I asked him a question, he blew his nose on me and said there’s your answer.
    As for Brown, after my first column he picked up a metal box and tossed it against the wall. Two years later I went back to him to mark the anniversary of his last great pitch.
  12. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    No, Jeff George. Robin covered more than just auto racing. I seem to remember a scuffle after a Colts practice in George's later years in Indy, when he was reviled.

    I'm sure it crossed Tony George's mind on at least 1,000 occasions though.
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