|Jenni Carlson owes Bobby Reid and Mike Gundy apologies. Her column was atrocious.|
In a newspaper circulated throughout the state, she ripped a kid by tying together a string of Internet rumors and out-of-context comments made by Reid to her co-workers. She basically called Reid a wimp and justified it by saying “if you believe the rumors and the rumblings.”
Here are a few choice excerpts from the column:
•“Tile up the back stories told on the sly over the past few years, and you see a pattern that hasn’t always been pretty.”
•“Word is that Reid has considered transferring a couple different times, the first as early as 2005. Reid, then a redshirt freshman, was facing competition from returner Donovan Woods, and apparently, Reid considered leaving OSU just because he had to compete for the spot.”
That bit of information was attributed to no one. I take that back, it was attributed to “back stories told on the sly.”
Here’s another gem from the column. Carlson takes a Reid quote given to one of her colleagues — “The coaches made a decision. I just have to go with it, get better and get back on the field” — and interprets it in the most negative way possible:
Carlson wrote: “There’s something to be said for not being a malcontent, but you can almost see Reid shrugging his shoulders as he says those words. Does he have the fire in his belly?”
How can she see a shoulder shrugging on a player she apparently hasn’t taken the time to speak with herself? The kid stated he wants to get better and get back in the lineup. What was he supposed to say?
I could go on. It’s unnecessary. She made a mistake. It’s not a big deal. It happens. What’s embarrassing is reading all of these columns calling for Gundy to be suspended or even fired for defending his player and calling out Carlson in public.
That was Reid being a good team mate, did she expect him to go off on rant? At best he was being diplomatic of a bad situation and vowed to get better because of it. For Carlson to call him out for that is ridiculous and shows that she is merely out to do a hit job on the guy.