It was never my intention to offend
In my five years working as a sports reporter, I’ve written plenty of articles about success stories and championship victories as well as the negative ones about losses and bad performances.
I’ve celebrated the accomplishments of players and called out coaches, players and even an entire team when the situation called for it.
But’s that the rule, only when the situation calls for it.
If a coach or player makes a decision that turns out bad, it is my job to point that out. If they cost their team the game, it is my job to point that out as well. (Note: I do not call out high school players like I would a college or professional).
However, you and me, as well as the person sitting next to you, all have different opinions about what is negative. That’s fine and it is what makes us human.
Which brings me to the point I want to make. In this past Wednesday’s edition, I wrote a story about Fletcher Cox. I had an opportunity to speak with Cox at the Yazoo City Athletic Awards Banquet. It was a good interview and a story I was excited to write about.
So, when I sat down trying to figure out what to lead with, I looked for something interesting to grab the reader’s attention, which led me to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s report about Cox’s first practice and a situation with a coach.
It was interesting and I thought it would grab the reader’s attention. So, I wrote the story without a second thought. Apparently those four paragraphs didn’t have a good reception for several people, including Fletcher himself.
I deeply apologize to Fletcher for that. It was never my intention to offend by writing something negative. I did not see it as something negative, but rather something interesting about that first weekend of practices.
Again, I did not mean to offend, but only to entertain and keep the readers informed on Cox’s experience as an NFL rookie.
For that I’m sorry.