Stinson Blasts Media, Prosecution

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.