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Sportswriters Debate How to Quote the Undereducated
Mike Freeman, a columnist for CBSSports.com, had a question for fellow sportswriters in the National Association of Black Journalists.
“I’m in Philly at the NCAAs,” he wrote, speaking of the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament. “I was listening to the players from Chattanooga. Here is one quote:
“When we seen that we got UConn, I mean, we was happy to be up there on the board. Coming here, we believed we can be one of the teams in history, to make history and beat UConn. It’s all about believing in the system, believing in yourself. When you toss up that ball, anybody can win. Ain’t just ’cause they UConn it’s a lock. It’s a basketball game. Both teams we got to play, they just like us.
“We seen? We was happy?
“A couple of questions:
“1. This quote was distributed verbatim by ASAP Sports,” a transcription service. “Should it have been cleaned up by them?
“2. There are too many young brothers speaking this way publicly. What can anyone do about it?
“I hope I don’t sound like a prude nor am I saying I’m without faults but I find the way many of these young players are speaking in public to be troubling. They’re being ill-served by their coaches and schools.
“Whenever I said ‘ain’t’ growing up, my mom corrected me. Who is correcting the grammar of these young kids?”
Sixty-four postings later, members of the e-mail list of the NABJ Sports Task Force had debated the fairness of the journalistic rules for using direct quotes, who was to blame for the poor grammar of many black college athletes, and where the journalists’ responsibilities lie in such situations.
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