The media circus surrounding Darelle Revis’ holdout is starting to border on hack journalism. Are we, as writers, becoming so desperate to break the news that Revis is signing (or not signing) that we’ll resort to reporting pure unsubstantiated opinions and/or use information from not even close to reliable sources as fact?
In the past two weeks, we have seen reports on Revis from credible sports writers who work for major publications, which have been zero fact and pure speculation.
Yes, I’m talking about you Tim Cowlishaw and Jason Cole.
Last week, Cowlishaw tweeted that Revis will sign with the Jets as early as Aug. 25th or as late as Aug. 28th. This information supposedly came from a “good source”. I guess it wasn't good enough, Tim. August 25th and 28th came and went with no news of Revis and the Jets agreeing to a deal.
Cowlishaw had this to say about his gaffe:
“Is just making stuff up and having no clue about it a big part of my history? Getting predictions wrong, yeah, I’ve done that two or three times. Two or three thousand times, I mean. Throwing stuff against the wall with no idea whether or not it might stick? Not a real good way to maintain any shred of credibility.”
Thanks for the hot tip, Tim. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but that’s exactly what you did.
This week, Cole wrote an article claiming that the Jets are "in danger of losing Revis forever" if they don't offer him a contract he approves of.
The problem is, Cole did not cite a single source as to where he received this information. If this is an opinion, than he should've stated that somewhere in the article. To read the article, it seems like it is all but certain that Revis is going to quit the Jets if he doesn't get his payday.
This may turn out to be true, but don't report it as gospel when it's pure conjecture.
Oh, did I mention that Cole has been a beat reporter for the Miami Dolphins for fifteen years...hmmmmmmm.
Since the media blackout, news about Revis has become such a hot commodity that Jets' beat writer Rich Cimini interviewed Revis' grandmother. Yes...his GRANDMOTHER!
Did granny give us any indication whether or not a deal was near? No. But she did tell us how her grandson "wants to play, but Darrelle understands contract negotiations. Some players don't get it, but Darrelle can read a contract. I think he's comfortable with his decision because he knows what he was told by the Jets and he knows what he's worth."
We appreciate the info grandma, but you're not telling us anything we didn't already know.
What's next? Maybe it'll be reported that Revis was the second gunman on the grassy knoll.
At this rate, it wouldn't surprise me.