The Miami football program is currently engulfed in a world of controversy, and this week the NCAA announced suspensions for several Hurricanes athletes implicated in the scandal first reported by Charles Robinson and Yahoo! Sports. Now the controversy that started with Yahoo's report seems to have touched the reporter, himself.
Earlier this week, Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock wrote a long, intensely personal article accusing Robinson of exaggerating the wrongdoing at Miami for the sake of sensationalizing his report.
What was your reaction when you read Whitlock’s arguments that your stats were about desperation?:
"The stats reveal 11 months of reporting. He can say whatever he wants about, it’s all the poisonous tree and it’s all Nevin Shapiro. You know what? The documents we got, we got from the federal documents. The federal government sent me those documents. Nevin Shapiro can’t send those from jail. … Eight players ruled out multiple games. One guy gets six games. Two guys get four apiece. What, another five get a game. That’s eight guys named in the report who all have been found to have received things from Nevin Shapiro. Another five on top of that also found to have received things from Nevin Shapiro, however, are not suspended because it was less than $100 in value. None of that matters…"
What about the fact that his smoking gun with the story is the fact that you don’t mention drugs?:
"This is funny to me because he accuses us of being reckless … and yet, essentially, in the same column, Jason Whitlock says, ‘Well, there must have been drugs. This guy must have been doing drugs.’ … Based on what? A feeling? Jason Whitlock feels like there must have been drugs. … Nobody I spoke to, 21 people involved in implicating players, themselves, corroborating parts of Nevin Shapiro’s stories … not one ever said, ‘There were drugs at this party.’ … We took 30 names out of the story because nothing could be corroborated."
What’s your thought when you read a guy with a big audience essentially call you a racist?:
"It’s race-baiting. I feel like it’s race-baiting. As you said, he’s used racially charged terms in reference to me before. He called the whole Miami story a lynching. He doesn’t know mean. … This is a human being who’s never spoken to me once in his entire life. It’s ridiculous. It’s unfathomable how he can just loosely throw that out and not be called on the carpet for it. And I’m the irresponsible one… It’s absurd, absolutely absurd."
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