Should National Writers Be Held Accountable?
After a hard fought 83-74 victory over Vanderbilt, Kentucky Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist shook things up a bit in the press conference by saying, "I'm graduating here. I'm not going nowhere. I'm staying at Kentucky. I'm dead serious. I don't know why y'all laughing."
This immediately created a buzz in the world of Twitter. I would say the majority of the buzz was excitement from the Kentucky fan base. Most comments from the National Media were to the effect of- Well maybe, but I would'nt count on it. That's fair, but leave it to our dear old friend (sarcasm) Jeff Goodman (CBS) to spin it in a different direction. Goodman Tweeted, "Heard Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he's coming back for another year. Who knows. He'll likely do whatever Worldwide Wes tell him to do." This was taken as insulting to the Kentucky fans and apparently the Gilchrist family as well. Michael's mother Cynthia Tweeted, "@goodmancbs The fact is Michael has parents that make decisions for him. I know because I'm his mother."
My question is this- When does a national writer get held accountable for making accusations that aren't backed up with any facts whatsoever? What makes Jeff Goodman think that he is close enough to the Gilchrist family to know that William Wesley would be the one to make such a decision for Michael? Why is it fine for Jeff Goodman to insult an 18 year old kid's family, basically call him a liar, and not offer up even a hint of an apology? CBS sent him to Kansas to cover the Missouri game and he sent out as many Tweets arguing with Kentucky fans as he did about the Kansas-Missouri game. Does he say just enough positive things about Kentucky and Calipari to hide his agenda? I'll tell you what I do know. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a once in a lifetime athlete. As talented and hard-working as they come. As good of a teammate that you will ever get. A great student, role-model, and humble. If you were ever going to convince me that a guaranteed NBA Lottery pick would skip the draft and stick around because he loves school- tell me the story of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
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