Mar 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
It takes a real big man to admit when he’s wrong, especially when said wrongdoing has now been seen nearly half a million times on YouTube. You could say video evidence provides a compelling motivational factor to issuing a mea culpa.
In the interest of fairness, especially after my post yesterday regarding the Urban Meyer-Jeremy Fowler kerfuffle where I was hypercritical of the Florida coach, it should be pointed out that Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer pulled the Orlando Sentinel reporter aside Saturday and apologized to Fowler for his tirade against him earlier this week.
Video of Meyer and Fowler burying the hatchet and comments from the scribe after the jump.
Via the Orlando Sentinel:
On Saturday, Meyer and Fowler spoke alone at midfield for about 20 minutes. Fowler, who reports on the Florida Gators, said he and Meyer talked about having a working relationship moving forward.
“I won’t go into the details of the conversation, but I would say that Urban did apologize,” Fowler said. “And I feel like as a work-related conversation it was constructive.”
Did the meeting help their relationship?
“I think so,” Fowler said. “It’s to be determined. But we’ll see … I’m glad he approached me and talked to me about it constructively.”
Meyer declined comment.
So, there you have it. Time for everyone involved (as well as those of us who watched Meyer embarrass himself with a tremendous amount of glee) put this mess in the rear view mirror, right?
Not so fast. Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi, who mercilessly hammered on Meyer earlier this week for the unfortunate incident, was not quite finished bloviating.
Coaches and reporters often have disagreements, but traditionally they are handled in a more professional manner than Meyer displayed a few days ago. Usually, a coach will pull a writer aside, call the writer on the phone or invite the writer up to his office to discuss an article the coach is unhappy about. It’s very rare and very wrong when a coach all but threatens to beat up a reporter.
It’s good that Meyer has apologized to Fowler.
Now the only question is this:
When will other reporters who essentially exonerated Meyer for his bullying tactics apologize to Fowler?
Yep, journalists criticizing other journalists. That’s not good. I tell ya, those people are like cannibals, man. But not in a good way, like the Fine Young Cannibals were. What? “She Drives Me Crazy” was a killer tune, dude.
Urban Meyer apologizes to reporter Jeremy Fowler for public outburst [Orlando Sentinel]
Urban Meyer apologizes to Jeremy Fowler, but where’s apology from reporters who exonerated Meyer? [Orlando Sentinel]
Shocking: Florida players support Urban Meyers’ immaturity [Out of Bounds]
Morning Tweet: Urban Meyer is 40! He’s a man! [Out of Bounds]
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