Friday, April 20, 2012

Not-So-Great Moments in Headline Writing

The hype machine is cranked up for next week's NFL draft. Yesterday the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quoted an anonymous scout who said quarterback Robert Griffin III was selfish. This morning the Chicago Tribune website posted this story from The Sports Xchange:
"You could say (I'm) surprised, but you never know," Griffin told "It's just when the draft gets closer, everybody's going to try and find something wrong with you to try and pull you down, so I'm not going to sit here and argue that, well that guy is dead wrong. But I think the people that know me -- and even in the people in the media have seen -- know I'm not a selfish guy. You know you don't have to fight your own battles -- let other people fight them for you.

"That's about all I can say about that. I heard it, but it's not something I'm going to address."
So what headline was slapped on this story? Griffin addresses 'selfish' label!

Of course, one could point out that Griffin spent a solid paragraph addressing the issue before saying he wasn't going to address it. But the headline writer surely could have been a wee bit more creative in choosing a verb.

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