Damon mad at NBC, bloggers

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Johnny Damon‘s name appeared on that bogus list early Thursday that we at RAB refused to publish. On Friday, he lashed out at those who printed the list, and as you could guess, he wasn’t happy.

The Post has more from Damon:

“It sucks, I am wondering if there is any legal course to turn to,” Damon said. “I walk around with my shirt off. If I had anything to hide I wouldn’t do that. I really don’t know what to say. There seems to be some people who don’t like me…

“I asked my agent about legal action, but he said it wasn’t worth it. Maybe the president [of NBC] will write me a nice letter.”

Jonathan Dienst, the NBC reporter who printed the list, defended the decision and apologized to Damon. “We work very, very hard to get these stories right,” Dienst said to George King and Samuel Goldsmith. “We checked it and rechecked it, but what we were provided from two different places was an incorrect list, and I am very sorry for the mistake.”

Let this be a lesson to journalists and bloggers. People send e-mails from unverified sources, and in this age of blogs, it’s very easy to destroy someone’s reputation through incredibly false information. It’s better to be right than it is to be first. This is especially true when it comes to something as serious as steroid accusations. I hope Damon, Albert Pujols and the other 39 players named on that list get the apology they deserve. I won’t hold my breath though.

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  • GoYankees

    That’s how the world is these days, people always think a “sorry” afterwards covers all the damage.
    I’ll bet if one day they prove ONE story in the Mitchell report wrong, all the player will get is a sorry as well.

  • E-ROC

    Innocent until proven guilty just doesn’t exist anymore.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    It’s disgraceful. The media coverage was disgraceful, esp NY area coverage. The general public are as dumb as planks and don’t bother to read anything through so many people will have forwarded the initial, erroneous list and no-nothings who choose not to do their own thinking or research will have bought it.

    Thursday was a darker day for journalism than it was for baseball.

  • ArchStanton

    Two different sources? I forwarded the tentative list to my brother, with the explicit idea that it was just a rumor and hardly confirmed. So I guess I was source number one.

  • steve (different one)

    “We checked it and rechecked it, but what we were provided from two different places was an incorrect list, and I am very sorry for the mistake.”

    this doesn’t even make sense. what did you “check” it against?

    there was only one way to “check” it, and that was to wait for the actual report.

    in an effort to be first, they printed false information. what a sad day for the state of the media when you can “check” something against an internet rumor.

    when CNBC originally printed the list, they didn’t even fix the typos or the fact that Glaus was listed twice. they literally cut and pasted it from some other web-site. how low our standards have fallen.

    • tmcm650

      For how many years have sources been identified simply as “a source close to (the team, the player, the senator, etc) who declined to be named because he doesn’t have authority to speak for the team, etc”? As long as journalists (and I include bloggers in that category for the purposes of this rant) accept that sort of source as valid in order to be first to post some new tidbit or major update, they run the risk that their story will prove to be untrue and their credibility damaged. Of course the reply is “we checked the best that we could”, but when only unnameable sources are available, how could the report possibly be verified? Journalism is fast descending to the level of the legal profession in terms of the respect many people have for their integrity, and the “NBC releases an inaccurate list” story shows that there is good reason for that descent.

  • Dimaggio5

    The “outrage” vented towards Clemens and Pettitte is ridiculous. I think it’s fine that MLB banned the use of steroids, HGH, and other drugs however to ostracize these men especially Clemens as if he were a child molester is jus moronic. Now lets be honest we all expect sports writers to be one step below the village idiot mentally – since that is how they got their job. However fans who are expressing disappointment should shut up, they sound stupid.

    MLB & the media have been nothing short of irresponsible in handling this matter. The media turns the other way for years and then they report a list of names that are WRONG. I for one do not like Pettitte, Clemens, Stanton, hell even Velarde any less than I did before. A-Rod sneaking around with a blond who is not his wife is more offensive than what these gentlemen did in my opinion.

  • Barry

    Damon needs to shut up anyway, it’s not like anyone took those preliminary lists seriously, and to the same extent did anyone take the official list seriously?

    • E-ROC

      Y? It’s his name and legacy that’s on the line. Nobody wants to have their reputation tarnished or be a part of a vicious rumor involving PEDs. You may want to tell Pujols to shut up too, because he made a statement through his agent about his name being on that bogus list.

  • Mike R.

    NBC should hire George Mitchell to investigate journalists that write and publish false information.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    Yet, according to mainstream journalists, blogs are the big problem when it comes to credibility.

  • rbizzler

    But Ben, that list was so much more fun the the actual list contained within the Mitchell ‘Report’.

    It does suck for guys like Damon, Pujols, Garces (kidding) though, but I am sure that they will get over it soon enough.

  • Spike

    Nobody with any common sense would think Damon has ever juiced or used HGH. Those things don’t work if you don’t work out, and we all know Damon’s off season does not include weights.

  • Lanny

    Damon should sue NBC. To set a precedent.