I remember the first time a local newspaper wrote an article about our son's performance in a game that wasn't titled too nicely. Kind of threw me back a tad. No big deal really. It was about 'game performance' and was more or less accurate...just a tad hard for a parent to see.
But over the past few years, I can think of at least a couple of articles about top HS players that were pretty editorial in their criticism of the players' actions not related to the game itself. Kind of written in a way you might see a pro athlete covered.
One was about a star player's refusal to shake the other teams extended hands enroute to the bullpen before the game for a pre-game warmup in a playoff game. The article focused primarily on this one 'incident' and much less on the game itself. Seemed kind of odd to me as I doubt I'd have shaken their hand either before the game. (He apparently was quite gracious in handshakes after the game.)
The other was a piece on a confrontation between a local star player and his HS coach in the dugout during a game. Two very different sides of the story...made the kid and the coach look pretty bad. Since I knew the kid (had coached him in youth baseball), one local paper called me to ask my thoughts on it all. I refused to comment and pleaded with the reporter to NOT write the article. They did anyways. It was painful to see later that week...I felt horrible for both the coach and the player's family.
Is this too early to write articles such as these? Is college ok? I certainly 'accept' that its going to happen there and beyond.
When does an athlete's non-performance behavior or perceived behavior become fair game?