Yesterday, we were the first, to publicly question the validity of a story written by Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times. It was the right thing to do, considering the story was not factual in nature, but more of an opinion piece where Stroud came to the conclusion that Aqib Talib’s fate had already been decided and just a matter of time till the Buccaneers released him. Well it appears one of Stroud’s colleagues took exception to fans questioning the validity of the article and decided to speak up, in defense of his fellow scribe.
Stephen Holder Apr 24, 2011 3:52 PM
Listen folks, if you don’t like the messenger, that’s got nothing to do with whether the content is true. We’re sometimes privy to things we can’t elaborate on because we’ve been asked not to. It’s one of the more difficult parts of the job. Rick has a very good basis for reporting this. Trust me. Brasho, I basically said the same thing in my chat the other day, so Rick and I are on the same page with this.
Holder went on, in a second comment, to assign motives to commenter’s questioning Stroud, the validity of the story and the actual source.
I’d just like to add that I think a lot of people are reacting emotionally to this because you don’t want to see the guy go. I get that. Unfortunately, the news isn’t reported based on what we want to hear. News simply is what it is, whether we like it or not.
As we wrote earlier in the day, it’s a bit far fetched at this time to think the Bucs have decide to part ways with Talib, even before the legal process has run its course. The main reason is that it just doesn’t fit Mark Dominik’s M.O. Dominik has been anything but loose lipped when it comes to personnel movement. Dominik has been cunning, calculated and down right manipulative when it comes to piecing together a team that can unite and conquer while becoming a lasting contender. It’s highly doubtful and damn near incomprehensible to think all of a sudden Dominik would put all his cards on the table for the world to see.