Friday, September 18, 2009

John Henry Takes on the Boston Media for Ortiz Reporting

Red Sox owner John Henry has a new post up on NESN where he vehemently defends David Ortiz and says that the media owes him an apology for their reporting. He specifically calls out Dan Shaughnessy and Tony Masserotti. in the article.

David spent more than a week trying to get to the bottom of why he was on that list. He began only with the knowledge that he had never used steroids. It was a nightmarish week of frustration for David. I could not believe the rush to judgment that took place.
I understand why people want to support Ortiz in this matter and I understand why the members of the media are skeptical. We still do not have the full story and Henry has a right to defend his star player but the way Ortiz addressed the situation at the beginning and during the press conference has allowed for some doubt in his story. The Boston media is not responsible for an injustice to Ortiz. The MLBPA, MLB and those that have broken the rules before him have led to a climate of guilty until proven innocent, especially when there is circumstantial evidence. Henry never apologized for the Red Sox signing Gagne when they knew he was a steroid user.


3 comments:

Anonymous,  September 18, 2009 at 1:18 PM  

the media will apologize when ortiz "figures out how he got onto the list" IF his story makes sense, but my god its sure taking him a long time.

Shelley September 18, 2009 at 1:43 PM  

Hey Anonymous...

It's so easy to take pot shots when you can't even be big enough to sign in with your name.

David Ortiz had to wait until he could get answers from the MLBPA. He didn't have rights to the info about his test...in fact, to this date he still does not have the right to know what he tested positive for. That's just ridiculous.

I am holding judgment on David and him landing on the 2003 list. I want to hear more information. I want to know what he tested positive for. There were a lot of substances that weren't banned at the time...that would have tested positive.

Now, it is comes out that he knowingly took steroids or a banned substance, then David and I are done. Cheaters are cheaters...no matter what team they plan on. *coughs* A ROD *coughs* But I am not willing to call David a cheater until I have evidence that he is on...not just blank accusations.

fc September 18, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

No, it's not the media's job to defend a player, but CHB and Mazz (CHB lite) immediately crucified him" ("Big Papi is a Myth" and "his entire career is a lie") with no facts. I don't quite agree with JH's choice of words but those two behaved like the bottom feeders that they are and he is totally in the right to call them out.

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