Maybe Avery did go into cardiac arrest? I’m not quite sure how to interpret John Dellapina’s most recent blog post (scroll down to the last 3 paragraphs for the part I’m talking about). Here is the quote:
“Finally, for all those from other media outlets and newspapers who have sarcastically dismissed our initial web story about Sean Avery’s hospitalization since the Rangers refuted it Wednesday afternoon, I wonder:
Was your initial reaction that the story couldn’t have been correct or did you simply race up to the MSG Training Center to get player reaction? And, did you call the hospital and/or Avery’s representatives to get the real story or did your “reporting” simply consist of taking the team’s word for what happened?
Fortunately, the intrepid men an women of the press who have exposed baseball’s steroid problems didn’t similarly regurgitate what they were told by people who understandably want their businesses viewed as beyond reproach.”
You can read that in 2 ways. Either he is saying the initial Daily News report was correct, that Avery did go into cardiac arrest, and the Rangers are covering up the truth of Avery’s condition… or, Mr. Dellapina is chastising his colleagues at other papers for so quickly dismissing the Daily News reporting, without doing any investigative reporting of their own, simply because the Rangers’ PR machine said so.
I think it is the latter, but I guess we will have to wait for the whole truth to come out. At the very least, Dellapina makes a good point. We should always question what we read and what we hear.