Oh no. This is going to get ugly.
Roughly 36 hours after the University of Kentucky sent them a letter threatening legal action and demanding that they retract a story saying sources said Anthony Davis was paid $200,000 for a commitment to the school, the Chicago Sun-Times wrote a new story in which they again print the accusations, this time citing three anonymous sources from other universities, acknowledge the letter from UK and add a footnote showing NCAA infractions at schools where Coach Cal coached.
Here is an excerpt of this new article:
When the original story detailing the discussions and the $200,000 agreement was posted online Wednesday, the university posted a letter on its own website from its law firm asking the Sun-Times to withdraw publication of the story.
”Please be advised that the article is false and defamatory and could lead to legal action,” stated the letter, which was signed by attorney Stephen L. Barker.
Sources from three separate universities told the Sun-Times that Davis Sr. asked for money in return for his son’s commitment, with the amounts ranging from $125,000 to $150,000.
After publishing the article, then removing the money part, then removing the rumors of him being on “the take”, the decision to publish this new article is essentially the journalism equivalent of retreating to your office to do a massive mound of blow on your desk, loading up a giant machine gun and then firing like hell from the top of your stairs until you get mowed down. The world is yours, Sun-Times.
Meanwhile, while the adults are having their fun pounding their chests, Anthony Davis’ father summed it up the best, telling the Sun-Times “’Thanks for ruining my son. Thank you very much.”
If you want, you can read the story here. Or, you can just wait for the fireworks. I can promise you that they’re coming.