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Sharp writing in story on NBA executive coming out

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by inthesuburbs, May 15, 2011.

  1. inthesuburbs

    inthesuburbs Member

  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    The one that grabbed me was the paragraph relaying the story of the always race sensitive Bill Russell calling Welts "White Boy".

    If I understood correctly it seemed like Welts went to The Times to plan out the story in advance of going to Stern and Russell.
  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    That's what it sounds like to me, too.
  4. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    There is probably nothing the Arizona Republic could have done to get this before the NYT, because he likely chose the venue that would get him maximum impact, but it kind of sucks for them.
  5. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    1/2 the reason for going to Russell was to ask him to speak to the media.

    I feel bad for the guy. Everyone deserves the right to come out at the time and place of his/her choosing, but it seems like everybody he told either already knew or didn't care.
  6. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Late this afternoon the Republic managed to get an AP write-thru on its web site.

    First reader comment: "Eww." Next comment goes with "deviant and unnatural." A couple of comments later, someone uses this to attack Obama.
  7. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    No doubt advance notice helped to "sharpen" the writing.
  8. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Is a guy most sports fans have never heard of coming out of the closet that big of a deal?

    I'm happy for him if it's what he wants to do, and I understand it's still rare in professional team sports, but I'm not sure why the Times took part in an orchestrated "roll out" of the news.
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Since it was their story ... and they had the primary source of it since he obviously came to them with it ... I'm guessing he was given a head's up when it was going to be posted and published.
  10. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Any possibility that the AR turned story down?
  11. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member


    And no - this is a ridiculous non-story.

    Who gives a fuck about this dude and this kind of personal shit.

    Do what makes you happy.
  12. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    Even if he's sleeping with LaBron James' dad, it isn't a big story.
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