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Stinson Blasts Media, Prosecution

September 23rd, 2009 by admin · 13 Comments

Jason Stinson’s media tour included a lengthy interview with WHAS-TV’s Renee Murphy. And in doing it, the ex-coach says he’s not angry, but wants people to be “held accountable for their actions.”

By this, he means the Courier-Journal.

Tops on his list — local print media. In Stinson’s view of the world, none of the events of the last year — the accusations, the analysis of practice, the indictment, the trial, the rallies, the anguish — would have occurred if the print media (just say it, Jason, the C-J) were doing their job properly.

Listen to the raw tape:

I’m not angry. I believe there’s accountability though in this situation. I believe people have done things during this trial. The print media here in town locally has been wrong. I truly believe the prosecution was wrong and had some missteps. I believe the indictment was wrong. I”m not angry, because being angry at those folks is not going to do anything but internally tear me up.

There are people who need to be held accountable for their actions, for things they have done throughout this process, especially the local print media. They’ve taken a little portion of practice. They took a snapshot of practice, 15 minutes.  They took that snapshot, they took some statements, and they ran with them. 

They never bothered to do any investigative reporting. They never bothered to do any follow-up. They never bothered to  interview anybody who was actually at practice.  That 15-minute snapshot became gospel. And it was far from the truth. Coach denies players water. We just proved iin the courtroom. Max Gilpin was not dehydrated.

The print media in this town needs to be held accountable for their actions. You can’t just run off and print things and not stand behind your word. That’s very bothersome.

OK. So all the information we learned about practice, all those gassers, all the talk of running until somebody quit. All that doesn’t matter because a jury found Stinson not guilty of a crime? Stinson’s misreading the verdict. It didn’t vindicate him. It said that his on-field anger, his methods of motivation, borrowed from another time, were not responsible for the death of one of his players.

Stinson, we know, has a temper. And he’s struggling, even now, to keep it in check. And starting Thursday, he’ll be doing so in a classroom.

Tags: High School · JCPS · Legal · Media · WHAS

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Carter Burger // Sep 23, 2009 at 7:43 am

    The CJ doing investigative reporting? Surely you jest.

  • 2 Novena // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:37 am

    “No Jesus This Time?”

    At least Stinson didn’t lean on Jesus a zillion times this time. Stinson needs to pass an intensive, extensive anger management program and reflect more deeply on the true meaning of Christ before setting foot on any JCPS grounds again. Jesus has wept enough in this case.

  • 3 Me // Sep 23, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Stinson is just mad because the C-J DID do their job. He’s right the trial wouldn’t have happened without the C-J — the C-J was the one uncovering what happened. He may have not been at fault for Gilpin’s death, but his methods were still way out of line.

    I hope the C-J wins awards for their coverage. They deserve it. Despite the budget cuts, they devoted ample resources to this story, which has led to changes at least city wide on the treatment of sports players and sparked conversation nationwide on the issue.

    Stinson needs to get over himself and consider him lucky that he’s not spending years in jail. Stop blaming the media for doing their job, consider your own actions and get on with life.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This comment comes from a Courier-Journal employee from a Courier-Journal computer.

  • 4 MetroHack // Sep 23, 2009 at 9:27 am

    LOL, reminds me of a local basketball coach complaining about the media.

  • 5 Mark Stanton // Sep 23, 2009 at 9:35 am

    “I’m not angry” shows this man is not in touch with himself.

    “Coach denies players water. We just proved iin the courtroom. Max Gilpin was not dehydrated.”

    Funny how he doesn’t say they proved the coach did not deny water. They only proved (beyond a reasonable doubt) that Max was not dehydrated.

    Advice to Stinson about any further comments on this case: Quit while your behind.

  • 6 Woodrow // Sep 23, 2009 at 10:09 am

    If this man was my child’s teacher, I’d be furious. He’s a complete nutjob.

  • 7 citizen // Sep 23, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Dr. Berman, you are about to step into a big pile of poo. Why don’t you send Stinson to a “CARE for Kids” therapy session? “CARE for Kids” is the answer for everything! Or hasn’t Natalie written that lesson plan yet?

  • 8 Roger // Sep 23, 2009 at 10:42 am

    “There are people who need to be held accountable for their actions”

    Wow… ironic.

  • 9 David Harpe // Sep 23, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Maybe Stinson is just following the Pitino playbook. Rick set the standard for “blame the media” meltdowns earlier this year. Might be the way all coaches are going to behave in the future.

    Stinson really needs to STFU or change his attitude. Regardless of the criminal case outcome, it doesn’t change the fact that a kid on his team died. Playing the ticked-off victim card in this case is beyond tacky.

  • 10 Lunchbox: Rainy day news round-up - FatLip // Sep 23, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    [...] on “Good Morning America” yesterday to chat with Diane Sawyer about the ordeal. In addition to faulting prosecutors for pursuing the case, it turns out Stinson also blames the loca…, claiming they never bothered to do any investigative reporting on the case … I think the [...]

  • 11 Steve // Sep 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    He’s lucky he still has a job.

    Evidently, the most crucial lesson of this ordeal — namely, that safety should be every coach’s top priority — has eluded him.

    And common sense must supplement written rules and guidelines.

    This tragedy also repudiates the coaching style of Howard Schnellengberger, who said, “Everybody that’s ever played the game of football … has to throw up and pass out and do all those things that football players have done for 100 years.”

    I see no evidence that Stinson has learned his field philosophy is flawed and potentially fatal.

    So he wants to coach again.

    Why would he restart his employer’s PR nightmare — let alone the intense scrutiny and criticism?

    Whether this desire stems from passion or obsession, it seems illogical if not pathological.

    God rest and keep him — far away from the football field.

  • 12 Carter Burger // Sep 23, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    “He’s right the trial wouldn’t have happened without the C-J”

    So we can blame the CJ for the taxpayer’s dollars wasted on an aquittal then?

  • 13 AreYouKiddingMe // Sep 24, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Stinson was on the Mike Gallagher radio show yesterday morning talking about how he hopes Jesus helps the Gilpin and Crockett family get through this ordeal. He also complained about the Courier-Journal and news media and how they should be held accountable. Of course, nothing that happened was his fault and he had Gallagher in his pocket on this one. He talked about his civil case coming up which led Gallagher into saying “your legal fees must be mounting.” Which then led to Gallagher giving out Stinson’s website, not once but repeating it for those listeners who may want to contribute to his legal fund. With all his traveling around to the various media outlets and having his pity party, he may well become a millionaire before it’s over.

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