Demand Sports Illustrated print an apology to OSU and fire George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government.
Sports Illustrated has published a 5 part series on Oklahoma State University and their rise to football power.
The inaccuracies in the story are extensive, and seemingly serve no other purpose other than to defame OSU. It is unacceptable for a National Publication of SI’s caliber to seek a story, rather than report a story. It is unacceptable for SI to manipulate quotes, ignore facts, and not interview the other side of the story. By all indications this is an attack on OSU.
SI states Thayer Evans was the lead investigator in this story. Thayer Evans has an exhaustive history defaming OSU. He was fired for lying on his resume at the Houston Chronicle. Thayer was fired from Fox Sports for making up sources. This is yellow journalism
Sports Illustrated is now more than halfway through its big dumb investigation into the Oklahoma State football program. Since the magazine began rolling out its five-part series, many of the former OK State players who were quoted by co-writer Thayer Evans have claimed that they were misquoted in the story. Heres a roundup of all those who were quoted by SI who are now taking issue with the story.
Check out the full story here: via All The Quoted Players Who Are Backing Away From SIs OK State Story.
I hope to see coach Gundy get through this with his very talented team and I hope these lies don’t influence the way you view a very clean and well run football program.
via Kirk Herbstreit cancels Sports Illustrated subscription | Pistols Firing.
Real Story Not Oklahoma State Football, It’s Sports Illustrated | LostLettermen.com.
We have become so desensitized to college football scandals at this point that the real story here is the blowback against and future of Sports Illustrated, as the 59-year-old magazine has unknowingly gone all-in on its journalistic reputation.
Read more at http://www.lostlettermen.com/real-story-not-ok-state-its-sports-illustrated/#QskXujGLjArlSVAm.99
As Dastro pointed out:
The implication is that Bowling was allowed back because he was a star player. The truth is he was a walk-on who was finally awarded a scholarship only months before his arrest. That scholarship was rescinded upon his conviction. After completing the terms of his sentence and re-enrolling at OSU, he requested and was granted a meeting with Gundy and Holder. He asked to be allowed to rejoin the team. This request was granted with a number of stipulations — including mandatory weekly drug tests. He returned as a NON-SCHOLARSHIP walk-on.
Now for Victor Johnson. The story implies that his second positive test for marijuana gave the OSU coaching staff a convenient excuse for dismissing a player who was injured and no longer producing on the field. Not mentioned were his multiple arrests during this time frame for possession, DUI and obstructing a police officer.
Was Johnson’s treatment substantially different than Bowling’s? That is impossible to say. Had Johnson re-enrolled at OSU after resolving his legal issues and then sought a meeting with the coach and athletic director, he may well have been allowed to rejoin the team without scholarship under the same restrictions that Bowling faced. Instead, Johnson chose to continue his playing career at Northeastern Oklahoma State, a NAIA school in Tahlequah, Okla.
There are plenty of problems so far with the Sports Illustrated story on Oklahoma State football.
That doesn’t mean it’s not all true.
OSU administrators are looking into the allegations. So, presumably, is the NCAA. O-State brass must be exhaustive in their efforts to find the truth — something the SI reporters apparently were not.
Through two days — Money and Academics — here are the big problems:
* Most glaringly, Sports Illustrated didn’t even mention that the majority of its sources from the Day 1 report were kicked out of school or dismissed from the program. That’s absolutely vital information, and omitting it is either something well beyond shoddy journalism or just plain self-serving. As if not mentioning that many of the accusers had an ax to grind against their former school and team and coaches somehow strengthens the report.
The the Tulsa World report in it’s entirety here:
The biggest thing about the interview was I didn’t know it was an interview. I just thought we were just having a conversation. He didn’t state it was an interview. He just said ‘hey, I’m with Sports Illustrated,’ so I kind of figured that. But as we went into the conversation, he just kept saying things about OSU. I’m sitting there and I’m in shock. I’m just kind of sitting there in shock, like ‘whoa, that was going on?’