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More information is good in the Iowa case

Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:25 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 12:26 pm
If five staffers at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics leaked information about those 13 Iowa football players, then a part of me is glad.

A big part. The part that craves information. The part that admires the bravery of sources who value information over their personal security and welfare. The part that thinks that the public good sometimes trumps secrecy.

I'm selfish that way. So was America during Watergate.

Hands off the keyboard, Iowa Fan. No one is saying this is Watergate. No one is saying those staffers leaked any information. All we know for certain is that the five are being disciplined for accessing private information. Three are being fired. Were they wrong? Absolutely. Morally and ethically. According to the wire story, some may face jail time.

But that's not my problem. I want to know what happened in Iowa City 10 days ago. I want to know it as soon as possible. That makes me a lot like the players' parents. I don't think we should have to wait 90 days while the school conducts an investigation. Yep, I'm selfish that way. 

If -- and only if -- any of those five leaked information that holds people accountable in this case, then the story has been advanced. I'm curious. We all are. There's a lot of mystery here that hasn't been addressed. Thirteen students from a state institution were somehow put in peril. Remember this: No federal laws would have been broken if first those 13 players weren't hospitalized. Think how you would feel if that was your child in the hospital with a partially functioning kidney. First, you would be concerned, afraid, stricken with dread. Then you would want to know what happened. When that information wasn't immediately available, then you would be mad.

We know at least some of the Iowa parents are mad . A story broke shortly after the hospitalizations that the 13 had been drug tested. All tested negative, according to the story. Other information has emerged too. It could be from those five. It could be from parents. It could be from a combination of the two.

I'm a consumer. I want that information. There is disconnect in this situation.  I want to know why the drills used last month had been used in the past and nothing happened, according to Kirk Ferentz. I want to hear from strength coach Chris Doyle, by all accounts one of the most admired persons in the profession. I want to know why 21 football players have died since 200 0 , all of them due to some form of overexertion. I want to know why there seems to be a culture of pushing players too hard

"The question begs to be asked, is 'What happened here and why this time?' "

That was Ferentz basically speaking for all of us on Wednesday. In this world of Twitter and blogs and breaking news, we are conditioned to having instant information. Sometimes that information makes us uncomfortable. Look what it has done already. Ferentz said Wednesday "we'll not repeat this exercise," referring to the drills that were done on Jan. 24. Thank God. 

A lot of you have lit me up on Twitter already for my stance. Understandable.  I wouldn't want my medical records released to anyone. Does that make me a hypocrite? Perhaps. Am I selfish for wanting to know more this case? Absolutely not. And all of us know more than we did 10 days ago. 

Let's not forget the root cause here: We're not having this discussion if those players hadn't gone to the hospital. 

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Iowa

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:52 pm

More information is good in the Iowa case

CBS, Are you serous???? Get rid of this guy. I've hesitated on getting onto this bandwagon. I don't like to see people lose their jobs, but this article pushes me into the bandwagon. 
Its alright for one of you writers to justify and encourage law breaking. It wouldn't surprise me at all to find out that information was leaked to Dodd. That to me is what is wrong with the media today. They will do anything to get a story. And my biggest problem with ESPN or Sports Writers is when they have it out for a certain team or school. This is the case with Dodd. 
Its one thing for him to break the story. Yes Iowa screwed up on the workouts. Yes its a big deal that students went to the hospital. But this happens at nearly every school (granted not to this extreme). Then Dodd comes out and says Iowa has a dirty program, people should be fired, and Ferentz doesn't care. Look at all Iowa has done to try and make this right.  Ferentz is at the hospital, making the right quotes, looking for answers. This isnt the first time that they've done this particular workout. . Then on top of that. This kind of illness has happened before in SC.. It happens people
One last note on this subject of the hospital staff that leaked confidential infor
mation.... If they are a medial license it should be suspended

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:41 pm

More information is good in the Iowa case

Stop creating news and start reporting it...thats journalism!

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 1:03 pm

More information is good in the Iowa case

Sir, you are completely out of line.  You are promoting the breach of confidential medical records.  It is morally reprehensible that you, a member of the media with a vast audience would abuse your position in such a way.  I appreciate that you recognize the hypocrisy of your words, but am greatly saddened that this does not cause you to back off of your point.
The media wonders why people don't like them, and yet you write garbage like this?  I won't stoop to the level of calling you names because a lack of civility does no one any good.
However, I will say: you, and people like you, truly make me sick to my stomach.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2011 12:39 pm

More information is good in the Iowa case

This would be pretty funny if it weren't so serious.  I do not think there is ever a reason to breach security or invade the privacy of others, so I disagree with Dodd on this one.  But, these people are not the ones that put 13 college football players in the hospital.  These people from the hospital staff should be punished, but so should the football staff members who put these players in the hospital.  No Iowa fan wants to talk about that, they just want to bash Dodd over their insecurities related to him hating them.  Dodd, the medical staff, and the Iowa training staff were all wrong here.  For whatever reason, most just want to bash Dodd. 

Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:33 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

   THIS is what is wrong with the American media and to some degree, Americans in general.  This sense of entitlement, the NEED to know, the NEED to be the first to spread the news, the NEED to proclaim "I told you so," or "I knew it all along," and worst of all, the lack of patience/attention span/respect/integrity to actually get a detailed account of what has happened and portray the facts with integrity.  

   13 players in the hospital following an offseason workout is an extremely unfortunate situation and should raise a lot of red flags.  No argument there.  But from that point, priority one is getting these kids healthy.  They have already been released from one of the finest hospitals in the world and are recovering, if they haven't recovered already.  Priority number two, is to protect the privacy of all players involved.  That is their right and there are laws in place to protect those rights.  If they want to come forward and explain their situation, that is their right, too.  But until then, respect their boundaries and their families' boundaries while they heal.  Priority three is to internally investigate how this happened, find the root of the cause, and keep this from happening again...while upholding PRIORITY NUMBER TWO!  This is where this story has gone all wrong.  Dodd is correct that "Let's not forget the root cause here: We're not having this discussion if those players hadn't gone to the hospital."  But it would be a different conversation had the employees of the hospital not broken the law and the trust of patients.  But furthermore, there shouldn't be a conversation in the first place
   Dodd, it is not your right to know what happened to these players, it is none of our rights...not even mine.  All I want to know is, are they OK?  Let me know when they are OK.  That is your job.  Have you written about that yet?  Do you care?  When the investigation is complete, please let me know how that turned out, too.  That is your job.  However, your wanting to know right now makes you nothing like the player's parents; BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW!  They do and so do the coaches.  You are selfish and a hypocrite.  Just read your own story and you will see what I mean.  But there is something much uglier, your wanting to see heads roll right now is startling.  Your being okay with treading on players'/parents'/coaches' rights so you can know and print it first is sub-human.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:33 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

Well at least you admit to being a hypocrite Dodd...

"Hands off the keyboard Iowa fan?"  Hands off the keyboard Dodd.  You'll never be Woodward and Bernstein or Julian Assange.  And that's probably a good thing.  Maybe the world doesn't need everyone to try to be.  

Some journalists go to jail to protect their sources.  You don't care that these sources may go to jail as long as they provide the information.

If the media wants to get up on their high horses, then why don't they bring back journalistic integrity while they're at it.  Like stop going to press with stories from ONE source.  Or unknown sources.  Especially in situations when that source has a vested interest in the story.  If the information is supposed to be so free then why can't you divulge your sources?  Because that would mean people would stop talking and the well would dry up.  But I digress...

You want information to come out to affect change, whether or not it's the truth.  The bottom line here is that we don't know that the workout specifically causes hospitalization.  In fact, we know it didn't for years.  And even if it did, it doesn't automatically mean we shouldn't work as hard.  Most people's jobs cause the kind of stress that leads to long-term health problems.  But I have yet to have a job where the boss says "sorry 'bout that" and you don't have to do anything that could potentially cause you future discomfort or pain.

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 10:42 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

So let me get this admit to being selfish, you back-handedly admitted you are glad these people BROKE THE LAW so you could hopefully get information about a story that up to this point you have pretty much had zero information on. I think you want the information so bad because you were so off base with your original story.  Do you think all information should be public? Are friends with Julian Assange? I imagine (and this is a guess)...see i can admit when i don't know the facts...that those people who work for the hospital some how were trying to leak information to the press about the conditions of the players and were getting paid for it (all a guess). Its illegal DODD, and for you to condone that type of behavior shows your character! CBS should fire you!

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 10:29 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

Hey Dodd, can I get the name of your Doctor?  I'd like to access your own personal medical records and those of any family you might have.  After all, more information is good right?

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 10:13 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

Hmm, I am usually one of the first to jump on Dodd, but I just can't pile on to this attack.  I actually don't agree with his position, and I am a staunch defender of the right to privacy.  However, as consumers of journalistic media, we have all helped create this situation where there is a desire to ferret out information.  I see the positive side, where we as a society can learn from a dangerous situation and help avoid repeating it, or bring to justice those who have done wrong and seek to cover it up.  I also see the negative side, where journalists become single minded in their pursuit of the scoop, of outing someone, of being the one to free the information.  I think this is a more complicated issue than people are realizing.  I often think Dodd is an idiot for other reasons, but I have to give him a pass on this one.  Its his job to seek this info out, and not only will CBS not fire him, but relentless attacks on the blind status quo are actually a hallmark of good investigative journalism.  I don't think there's a pulitzer in this, but I get it.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 9:33 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

What all the Dodd-haters are missing is that a practice in college football has become hazardous, NOT potentially hazardous, but hazardous...13 players in the hospital (and how many more that we don't know about, surely you don't believe there aren't more) and 21 dead mandates this be labeled a hazardous practice. This is a wake-up call to all colleges (not just Iowa) and coaches to find out more about the body's limitations before more young men are hurt...these guys aren't paid athletes, but they do have a intense desire to become professionals and will blindly follow whatever instruction they are given. That being said, someone has to sure they are training safely. It is not an Iowa-only concern, at least it shouldn't be.

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