A tweet last night from NY Times writer — and REAL journalist — Howard Beck:
Worst sight of the night: SA blogger brings cookies to Ginobili in Spurs locker room. Yes, really.
Sound the DEATH OF JOURNALISM alarm.
Typical blogger behavior with complete ignorance about journalistic standards and proper code of conduct. It is clearly states in chapter four of the “Journalism School: How to Prove You Graduated From One” handbook that under no circumstances is anyone in the locker room allowed to consume baked goods, other than properly credentialed, overweight REAL reporters. No need to worry about crumbs in the keyboard — they use pen and pad, son.
But really: It’s not cool to bring a player cookies, alright bloggers? If you can’t bring enough for everybody, don’t bring any at all.
UPDATE: NBA.com has video of the exchange, and regardless of the implications for JOURNALISM, Manu seems to genuinely appreciate the gesture.
UPDATE II: Brilliant comment from Wayne Vore who points out how horribly mistaken we were in calling them cookies. Our apologies:
Those were chocolate alfajores from a pretty cool little place in Austin called Buenos Aires Cafe. They are an Argentine dessert. Argentine’s are crazy for them and they are very difficult to find in the US. As Manu mentioned in the interview, bringing alfajores is the price people pay to stay with him when they visit.
Calling them cookies would be like giving Pop a $100 bottle of Pinot and calling it grape juice.