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Sports Illustrated Ethics

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Gator_Hawks, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. Gator_Hawks

    Gator_Hawks Member

    Thoughts on SI's piece about the Todd O'Brien transfer situation with St. Joseph's?

    If they have a scoop, why not send an SI reporter to investigate / cover the story?

    Instead they let O'Brien have an open forum to dump all over his former team while knowing that St. Joe's can't legally comment on any specifics due to federal privacy laws.
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Very curious about the laptop situation that was discussed on the other thread.
  3. brandonsneed

    brandonsneed Member

    Yeah. Thought it was interesting and unique, but pretty weird.
  4. McNuggetsMan

    McNuggetsMan Member

    St Joe's sure as hell can comment. They are using the privacy law as a way to shield themselves from saying what happened, but it's pretty clear that O'Brien wants them to talk so they can talk if they wanted. Instead, they are looking petty and trying to avoid the subject.
  5. So did Martelli want to run him off or keep him? Not allowing him to play seems altogether petty, and altogether in keeping with Martelli's (bad) rep.
  6. Gator_Hawks

    Gator_Hawks Member

    Martello would violate federal law by commenting.

    Florida was ripped for possibly leaking cam newton personal info... Now we want sju to do this?
  7. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    How many outlets did O'Brien shop his story to?
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    If SI was ESPN they would have sat on the story until the week before the NCAA Tournament.
  9. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    I was surprised by this as well. You've got a stable of great writers; why are you letting this basketball player tell his own, one-sided story of a legitimate conflict? It especially irked me that the story was so poorly written.
  10. Gator_Hawks

    Gator_Hawks Member

    Exactly. Show some investigative initiative.
  11. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    This is false. When an athlete signs his letter of intent, he allows the school to use his personal information. Otherwise the school could not even nominate people for the all-academic teams.

    In the most extreme case, the school would need written permission from O'Brien to comment, much like a doctor needs permission from a patient because of HIPAA laws. I have little doubt that O'Brien would grant that permission.

    It is a bullshit excuse, just like all the other bullshit excuses St. Joe's is putting forth.
  12. brettwatson

    brettwatson Active Member

    Hard to defend Martelli in this instance. Why didn't he just let the kid play ball elsewhere?
    And if there was a smoking gun pertaining to O'Brien, they could have easily gotten word out about what this kid might have done to merit the refusal. Amazing how poor schools are at damage control. After reading the story, I wonder why would any parent let their kid play for this ass clown.
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