Athletes and coaches long have complained about being misquoted.
Then reporters started using tape recorders on a regular basis, and suddenly the complaint became quotes were taken out of context.
Such issues badly can damage the working relationship between a reporter and sources.
But what about when the source is the reporter’s father-in-law?
ESPN.com’s Rick Reilly wrote a column saying Bob Burns, a Native American, didn’t mind Washington keeping “Redskins” as its nickname.
This is the quote Reilly used from his father-in-law: “The whole issue is so silly. The name just doesn’t bother me much. It’s an issue that shouldn’t be an issue, not with all the problems we’ve got in this country.”
Burns attempted to get Reilly to change the quote, and when that didn’t happen, he took care of business himself.
He wrote in Indian Country Today Media Network that if such a name is deemed offensive, it should be changed and that “redskins” long has insulted Native Americans.
“When Rick’s article came out,” Burns wrote, “it upset me to be portrayed as an ‘Uncle Tom’ in support of this racial slur.”
Reilly’s once-sterling reputation has taken many hits since he left Sports Illustrated six years ago, and sites such as Deadspin didn’t resist piling on with this controversy.
He later issued a statement saying he worked out the differences with his father-in-law and that he looked “forward to my next steak with him.”
That should be an interesting dinner. Just don’t discuss work at the table.
■ USING HIS HEAD — NBA forward Michael Beasley has created a lot of self-inflicted damage, what with a history of marijuana issues, including an arrest that got him run out of Phoenix last month.
But then he landed with the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, and Beasley found himself in an ideal location.
He can’t seem to stop hurting himself, though.
Beasley was so upset at being called for traveling in a preseason game Thursday night in Detroit, he began to punch himself in the head. And these weren’t light slaps, either.
He pounded himself so much that he required steel compresses in the locker room.
Heat fans might stand in line to take a swing if Beasley hurts Miami’s quest for another title.
■ NO ONE BELIEVES THEM — The Broncos have spent the week trying to convince skeptics that the Jacksonsville Jaguars, four-touchdown underdogs, could give Denver problems when they meet Sunday.
Peyton Manning even went as far as to call the Jags “a good NFL football team.”
But it’s a tough sell.
9news Denver ran a graphic while coach John Fox was being interviewed that read, “BRONCOS PRETEND JAGUARS ARE GOOD TEAM.”
UNLV has spent this week pretending Hawaii is a good team, too, but the difference is the Rebels could lose to the Rainbow Warriors today. They shouldn’t, and they probably won’t, but they could, and it wouldn’t be a shocker.
The Jaguars have no business even being in a close game with Denver.
COMPILED BY MARK ANDERSON LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL