Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers complained about context after ESPN the Magazine published an interview with him Tuesday in which he called Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels "a sleazeball," and that he hoped his old pals would go "0-162."
When approached by reporters at Tigers spring training, Kinsler said his quotes about the GM "were taken a little out of context" and that the post was "written for drama."
On Wednesday, reporter Robert Sanchez appeared as a guest on a podcast with Buster Olney and they played relevant parts of the audio record of the interview with Kinsler. Not that you probably fell for it before, but don't buy Kinsler's remorseful pleas of being taken out of context, especially after hearing from the man himself.
Listen at the 6:05 mark for Kinsler discussing Daniels.
If anything, context enforces Kinsler's published opinion of Daniels — that's he's a sleazeball and not to be trusted. As for Kinsler's reaction overall, Sanchez says it doesn't really jibe with reality:
"Ian might think it's 'drama,' but to me, I saw it as being Ian being Ian and showing his true feelings," Sanchez said.
Sanchez added that he reached out to Kinsler several times during the fact-checking portion of the process, before the story was published, and Kinsler dismissed any concerns Sanchez had that the details might make Kinsler regret what he said.
"He really kind of took it in strike as maybe, 'I'll get booed in Arlington.' I've dealt with a lot worse," Sanchez said Kinsler told him.
So, score one for journalism! But it all would have played out better for Kinsler had he stood by his words. He probably should have taken a higher road to begin with, but if you're going to call a guy a sleazeball, stay the course. If you don't, it makes you look, well, untrustworthy. And then we have the potential for a lot of black kettle/pot-calling.
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