December 2010 Archives

Mayweather Jr. Faces Major Fight Outside the Ropes

Although he is currently one of the largest earning athletes in the world, it seems that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has had a tough time controlling his temper outside the ropes.
According to ESPN: Mayweather is now part of new investigation; an allegation of misdemeanor battery that stems from a Nov.15 confrontation over parking tickets.

Las Vegas police allege that Mayweather blocked the guard, Shayne Smith, from leaving the cul-de-sac of his home, and repeatedly jabbed his finger into Smith's cheek, according to ESPN.
The trial for this case is expected to begin on Feb. 2. In addition, Mayweather also has to appear in court on Jan. 24, for a more serious trial, which is pending unrelated felony coercion, grand larceny and robbery charges, according ESPN.
The case surrounding Mayweather's trial date on Jan. 24 comes from a September dispute with his children and their mother, Josie Harris, at her house, according to ESPN.
Meanwhile inside the realm of boxing, Mayweather has been criticized heavily for not agreeing to put his undefeated mark on line, and fight Manny Pacquiao.
Furthermore the 33-year-old boxer known for his extreme arrogance and "making it rain," needs to consider whether it is more important to establish his legacy as felon by fighting outside the ring, or as a legend inside the ring by beating Pacquiao.

Next Year's Michael Vick?

On September 23, 2009, Plaxico Burress was sentenced to two years in prison, for violating New York's strict gun procession laws.
According to ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio, Burress is currently at the15 month mark in his sentence, and could possible be released as early as next spring.

"When I get out, I'll be 33, not 43," Burress told ESPN, before he started to serve his sentence last fall. I'll still have the God-given ability to snag footballs; that's what I love to do, and of course, I want to play again."
His story is very similar to the one of Michael Vicks; however one could argue that Burress's sentence of two year was a bit long, for shooting only himself in the leg.
After considering the gracious response Vick has had form public since returning to the limelight in Philadelphia, one could expect Burress could have even easier road to redemption.
Furthermore as long as Burress has continued to stay in prime shape during prison, one could expect Burress to have a starting job next season. In the eyes of the public, if athlete is able to win and return back to level that he once was, a second chance is almost always granted.

Arenas Granted Fresh Start in Orlando

On Jan. 6 of last year, Gilbert Arenas was suspended for the remainder of the season, as result for bringing four fire-arms into the Verizon Centre.
According to Chris Broussard from ESPN, the Washington Wizards finally traded Arenas yesterday to the Orlando Magic, and have given him a second chance to play with a playoff contender.

"He's a good dude, despite everything that happened here," fourth-year Wizard point guard Nick Young told ESPN. To see him go back home to get a fresh start and be on a winning team, that's something hopefully he'll continue to do good.
Apart from his suspension, Arenas was sentenced by a District of Columbia judge to two weeks in halfway house, and faced major criticism from the public about being let off too easy, according to ESPN.
"I was really scared of getting booed," Arenas told Sports Illustrated. "I used to be like, man, it's just boos. Now here I was six years later, I was scared to go out there."

So far this season Arenas has averaged 17.2 points per game, but was struck on last place team in rebuilding mode, according to ESPN.
Furthermore it will be interesting to see whether a change of scenery will bring a much needed change in the attitude of Gilbert Arenas, and allow him to presumably reclaim the status he once had as an all-star.

All-time Hawekye Reciever Dismissed from Team

Former Iowa Hawkeye receiver Derrell Johnson Koulianos was widely considered as a potential first day draft in 2011 NFL draft, before he was charged for felony drug possession on December 7.
According to a staff writer from the Associated Press: Johnson Koulianos could face up to 7 ½ years in prison a day after Police found marijuana, cocaine, a digital scale, and more than $3,000 in cash, while raided his residence.

After the hearing, Johnson-Koulianos was released on an $8,000 bale, and was permanently dismissed from the team by Head Coach Kirk Farentz short after, according to the Daily Iowan.
Cindy Parsons, Johnson-Koulianos's landlord, told the Daily Iowan that he had lived at the residence since June 2008, and she had never noticed anything unusual.

A few weeks before the raid, Johnson-Koulianos was named first team All-Big Ten. After he finished the regular season with 46 receptions for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns, and became Iowa's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, according to the Associated Press.
Johnson-Koulianos, 23, was charged with keeping a "drug house" and possession of cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs, according to the Associated Press.
"He will be lucky to be drafted in the last round, the National Football Post's director of college scouting, Wes Bunting told the Daily Iowan. "I wouldn't invest any money in him. I could very easily see him going as an undrafted free agent
Although Johnson-Koulianos will presumably receive a second chance because of his athleticism, he will always be held on a tight leash for the rest of his career as a result.

Basket Ball Player Slams Referee

An 18-year-old senior from DeSoto High School could face felony assault charges for tackling a referee during a video-taped game this week in Florida.
Anthony Cormier from the Sarasota Herald Tribune reports: just seconds after the whistle of referee Jim Hamm had sounded, Mason Holland aggressively lunged forward and pounced onto him.

"That's not me, it was a spur-of-the-moment thing," Holland told the Sarasota Herald Tribune. "I pray that I get a second chance and my whole life isn't ruined by this."
Attacking a referee is considered a felony in Florida, because of a law passed in the state more than a decade ago, according to Sarasota Herald Tribune.
This incident seems to be really similar to one committed by Delmon Young while he was in the minor's, because both had lost complete control of their emotions towards a referee during an athletic event.
Unlike Young, before the incident Holland was only viewed by scouts as a fringe division one college player. Since he was not viewed to be nearly as talented, he probably will not receive a second chance, and find another opportunity to play competitive basketball.
"That type of evidence in any case is hard to ignore," Cliff Ramey, an assistant state attorney told the Sarasota Herald Tribune. In his statement Ramsey referred to the video tape and how it usually plays the most important role in their decision to pursue criminal charges for cases similar to this one.
Furthermore this example demonstrates how one spur-of-the-moment decision could have an ever-lasting impact on a young mans future.

Rival Split Announced within Wiki Leaks

Today in London a split within the Wiki Leaks media clearinghouse was announced, as will be launched tomorrow as the websites rival.
According to CNN's Per Nyberg, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, one of the new founders of, was dissatisfied in how Wiki Leaks had become too focused on the interests of Julian Assange.
Openleaks says its goal is to help people deliver material without a political agenda to news outlets and other organizations without being identified, according to CNN.
Domscheit-Berg told CNN, "If you preach transparency to everyone else, you have to be transparent yourself."

The main reason why I think Openleaks, split from Wiki Leaks, is because after Assange surfaced to the center of international media attention these past weeks, he had developed a political agenda. This had caused a lot of the information released on site to be seen as a conflict of Interest.
Furthermore, unlike Wiki Leaks, I think that Openleaks will operate as media clearing house with better ethical standards, because the information here is supposed to be released without a political bias.

Campaign Volunteer Admits to Misrepresentation as a Journalist

Two weeks ago, documents surfaced about Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel's law suit against Nathan Black, a volunteer for his opponents' campaign this past election.

According to a report from CBC News, a blog posting on October 8 accused Mandel of having a conflict of interest in regards to City Centre Airport.

Black was a volunteer for Mandel's mayoral opponent David Dorward and he admitted to posing as a fictional journalist from Seattle while he placed phone calls to city councilors Amerjeet Sohi and Sid Hanson, according to CBC News.

Black told CBC News that he set up a phone number with a Seattle area code though Magic Jack, to contact Sohi and Hanson. But he denied posting the blog.

Furthermore, the main ethical concern that surrounds this situation focuses on the misrepresentation of ones identity. This example fits with Journalism, because Black was guilty of posing as a Journalist, and the offense itself is one that commonly committed by Journalists posing as other officials to produce juicy quotes.

Three Indonesian Writer's Guilty of Obtaining Shares

A judge found three journalists guilty of misusing their professional status's to illegally obtain shares in a national Indonesian steel company.
According to a report published 11 days ago by Channel Six News-New York, while covering the Indonesian Stock Exchange, the three journalists had decided to participate in the initial public offering to receive company shares from PT Krakatau Steel Company.

Indonesia Press Council Chairman Bagir Manan, told Channel Six News during a news conference, "Their actions could create conflicts of interest because, as journalists covering the Indonesian Stock Exchange, they attempted to engage in stock trading for their own personal benefit."

The three journalists were affiliated with Seputar Indoesia and, were then forced to resign from their respective organizations, according to a report.

Furthermore the major ethical concern behind this situation revolved around journalists creating conflicts of interest, by attempting to take stake in an organization that was directly affiliated with the beat that they were covering.

Ethics Questioned in Radia Tapes

Last month two magazines decided to publish detailed transcripts from taped conversations between a PR consultant Niira Radia, and Barkha Dutt, Anchor, NDTV, and other journalists, on the formation of the UPA-II government.

According to Lydia Polgreen of the New York Times, New Delhi Television Anchor Barkha Dutt, was one of the several journalists caught on tapes taking to a lobbyist, which were leaked to the media, and published three and half weeks ago. She was then accused of cuddling up to the lobbyist, because she had allegedly agreed to pass messages to the Government.

Through the conversations with Dutt, Radia had the intent of trying to persuade the Indain government to reappoint Andimuthu Raja, a politician caught in the middle of a current telecommunications scandal, according to Polgreen.

Dutt told the New York Times that she was stringing along a news source who had access to information on a fast-moving story, and that in any case she never passed on the messages.

Furthermore, the overall ethical concerns surrounding the Dutt and Radia tapes are, does attaining information from a source in exchange for allegedly satisfying the purpose of the source, go across ethical lines as a conflict of interest.

In addition, another ethical concern revolves around the two magazines decisions to published excerpts of the leaked tapes, and whether publishing were example of infringement upon the privacy of the involved parties.

Beyond the Ethical Code: Patch News

On December 06, a story surfaced on the ethical concerns about AOL's Patch neighborhood news section, after their decision to publish plagiarized images from other media organizations on their website.

According to a report from the American Journalism Review by Barb Palser, AOL could be held responsible for up to three ethical violations including, plagiarism, mistreatment of employees, and attempted tampering charges.

According to Palser: Patch had announced in a newsletter earlier this year, that they had more than 500 positions to fill, and would become the largest hirer of full-time journalists in the United States. This attempt was pronounced as method of finding a cost-effective way to report original local news.

A Midwest regional editor for Patch, Tera Tesimu told,, the problems with this rapid expansion for the employees are, "the competition is considerably high and the pay is extremely low."

As possible outcomes of the low pay, there have been two examples, which a local Patch editor decided to publish plagiarized content on their website. The first example occurred when a New York, editor stole a mug shot photo from a local blogger, and the second example occurred when a West Hollywood, editor stole an obituary from a local blogger, according to Barb Palser.

Furthermore, the overall ethical concern surrounding the development of new local media outlets like Patch news is, does the human resource problem of employing people at a cheap rate compromise the overall integrity in contents of the reporting that they publish.

Recently Declared Eligible Newton Rolls into Title Game

Less than a week after the NCAA declared the status of Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton ineligible and then eligible, his record performance in SEC Championship game locked the Tigers slot in the BCS Championship game.
According to a video broadcast from the Associated Press, the NCAA's investigation on whether his father Cecil Newton's alleged decision to accept two hundred thousand dollars from Auburn boosters should affect his eligibility has been halted temporarily, but will reopen after conclusion of the season.

Since Newton is also the clear-cut favorite to win the Heisman trophy, this situation has drawn critical comparisons to the Reggie Bush investigation that concluded earlier this year. In that situation the NCAA later ruled Bush ineligible for his family accepting financial funding from agents, and as a result both Bush's Heisman and USC's wins were vacated.
According to Chris Dufresne of Los Angeles Times, the NCAA wants the public to believe Cecil Newton was refused after he asked Mississippi State for more than $180,000 for his son's services and then his son ended up at Auburn in exchange for nothing other than a free education.

I think that the NCAA deliberately ruled Newton eligible for yesterday game and the BSC Championship game, because they need the excitement that he creates to boost the ratings for the games.
If Cam Newton sits out, the national title game would a complete blowout, so to prevent that from happening, the NCAA decided to temporarily close the investigation. Furthermore through that process, Newton can help the NCAA sell the game now, but they can still decide vacant the records later, if more information leaks out about the case.

Fisherman Dead after Plummet through Thin Ice

An 81 year-old-fisherman is dead, after he plummeted into 12 foot deep section of Lake Washington, Friday.
According to KSTP-TV, Edwin Senska of Le Sueur County had brought his four-wheeler out on the lake in an attempt to go fishing, but thin ice caused him to fall right through.

The Le Sueur Country Sheriff department told KSTP-TV, Rescuers tried to revive him after he was pulled from the frigid ice, but he was pronounced dead immediately upon arrival at the Rochester Hospital.
KSTP-TV reports: the DNR says that the ice was only about three to four inches thick, so they advise one call a local bait shop or resort to check on the thickness of the ice, before deciding to travel on any particular lake this soon in the season.
KTTC News reports that rescuers were brought to the scene from a 911 call, which was placed by a neighbor that spotted unattended four-wheeler next to a large hole. The man was pulled out approximately 20 minutes later by a member from the Madison Lake Dive Team.

The story from KTTC News mainly focused on the specifics of the failed rescue attempt to save the man, whereas the story from KSTP-TV focused on how one can prevent this type of accident form occurring to them in the future.

A Woman Attacked by Road Raged Man

Authorities are searching for a man that struck a woman during a road rage confrontation Wednesday.
According to a broadcast from Kare-11 TV, police say that the man stopped his vehicle and attacked a 56-year-old woman shortly after she had honked when he cut in front of her by Maryland Avenue in St. Paul.
St. Paul Police Spokesman Andy Skoogman told Kare-11 TV, shortly after stopping; the man exited his Honda civic, reached into the woman's window and choked her with both hands before punching her in the cheek.

Skoogman told the Pioneer Press, that as the woman tried to open her door, the man jammed it against her leg, and then fled before authorities reached the scene.

The print story from the Pioneer Press revealed a lot more specifics about the unusual incident, whereas the broadcast from Kare-11 TV focused more on presenting details about the wanted suspect

A Man gets a Third Eye Surgically Installed into his Skull.

A New York University arts professor named, Wafaa Bilal, had a digital camera surgically installed into the back of his head for the purpose of tracking what goes on behind him for an online streaming project
According: to an Associated Press broadcast, Bilial had the camera installed for the purpose of an art exhibit that was commissioned by a new museum in Doha, Qatar, which is set open on December 30.

Bilal told the Associated Press, that he chose to have the camera put in the back of the head as part of an allegorical statement about the things we always miss and leave behind
The size of the camera is about one inch thick and two inches in diameter and Bilal will wear it for the duration of one year.
Museum Curator Sam Bardaouil told the Associated Press, that the camera will capture all of his daily activities in minute intervals 24 hours per day, and the footage will be sent directly to the monitor at the museum in Qatar.
According: to, the device will capture more than half a million photographs, and most photos are expected to be very ordinary.

The Associated Press broadcast focused on the purpose of the art exhibit, whereas focused on the specifics of what the camera is set to do.

Two Presidents Claim the Oath of Office in the Ivory Coast

Less than two hours after the incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo claimed the oath of office inside the presidential place, his rival candidate Alassane Ouattara had also taken the oath of office and asked Prime Minister Soro Guillaume to form a new government.
According to a broadcast from CNN News, former South African President Thabo Mbeki arrived in Ivory Coast today, in an effort to sort out the political mayhem, and help prevent another civil war from breaking out in the country.

The political crisis began Friday, when the Constitutional Council declared Gbagbo the winner with 51.45% of the vote, which contradicted the earlier results from the Independent Electoral Commission that had declared Ouattara the victor with 54.1% of the vote.
Ouattara is receiving his most popular support in the rebel-held north, while Gbagbo remains strong in the South. Furthermore with two leader's assuming controls in separate regions of the country, the fear is that the two groups will use violence to sort out the dispute.
According to Northern Michigan's 9&10 News , the goal of the recent election was to finally restore the stability in the country after their last civil war in 2002.

In conclusion both of the broadcasts demonstrated that the recent election in the Ivory Coast, lacked significant constitutional constraint, and as a result the country is now on the brink of having its second civil war in the last ten years.

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