Austin Box: An apology, and another chance to learn
Bleacher Report apologizes for the article yesterday discussing Austin Box’s tragic death in the context of the upcoming Oklahoma football season. The article didn’t meet Bleacher Report’s editorial standards and was quickly deleted from the site.
Just last week I slapped an ESPN writer for doing something similar in the wake of the death of Alabama football player Aaron Douglas, then posted here about how to handle — and how not to handle — sensitive, important news.
Of course it’s just as wrong when we do it as when someone else does it.
If you’re a Bleacher Report writer, please review last week’s blog post. Here is the key point:
A death is a tragedy. If it’s the death of an active athlete, it will certainly affect a depth chart somewhere, or a pennant race or a playoff series or next week’s game. But those are separate conversations, for different times …
Sports is sports and life is life. Sometimes — usually — the two intersect. That’s part of what makes sports so compelling. But there are times when sports has to take a back seat, to retire from the field for a little while.