20 April 2006

Did Someone Break the Cone of Silence?

From the Salt Lake Tribune story on a new alleged racial comment, this time from Amado Guevara, there is a curious paragraph buried about halfway down the article (emphasis added):

Ultimately, the league concluded that Nowak did not make a racial comment, but fined him an undisclosed amount for making "improper remarks" by encouraging the intentional injuring of an opposing player.

Now, that's not what I recall the league saying in their press release, but it is entirely possible that they concluded exactly that. If so, I feel much better. And perhaps the speech embargo MLS imposed is leaking a bit, and more may come out of the story. That's what I hope that sentence means. Otherwise, it's just a case where a reporter is misremembering something.


At 20 April, 2006 11:04, Anonymous Dan said...

I don't know if it's cone of silence leakage or lazy reporting done by one writer or another, but Ives Galarcep said as much in his Herald News article yesterday:

"The accusations of racism are not the first made by Real Salt Lake this season. During the preseason, Real Salt Lake head coach John Ellinger accused D.C. United coach Peter Nowak of racist comments during an exhibition match in Bradenton, Fla. An investigation by MLS concluded that Nowak had not made a racist comment, but he was fined for making improper comments regarding the intentional injuring of an opposing player."

This could also be MLS' crisis PR response to the Guevara situation. They most likely weren't expecting two claims of racism within a two month span, and would like to assure those interested that they didn't find any wrongdoing on the part of Nowak for fear of being seen as a hotbed of racism in sports.


At 20 April, 2006 11:15, Blogger D said...

Great catch Dan. It does raise the question of "Why couldn't they have said that in the first place?"

I can't imagine that the Salt Lake Tribune is just copying Galarcep, so to my mind this reads now as two different reporters who are getting the same item. Very interesting.


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