Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shoddy Sports Journalism

Based on a Dallas Morning News interview with Dallas Maverick's star Dirk Nowitzki's jailed estranged girlfriend, it is now being nationally reported that she is about one month pregnant with his child.

That may prove to be true, but this strikes me as irresponsible journalism. There is no corroboration that she is actually pregnant, much less pregnant with his child. The only "evidence" is a phone interview with the woman, who is alleged to have used several different aliases while committing various forms of fraud in two states. That background does not inspire much confidence in her reliability.

Again, the story may prove to be true. However, with no more than that, it should have never gone to press, either locally or nationally.

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