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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 21, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 9:31 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

As someone who works for the gov't, Dodd you are an idiot.  It is called sensitivie and CONFIDENTIAL information for a reason.  If you just access it and do nothing else you are terminated.  I bet if that was your information that was accessed you write an article about how these people betrayed your trust and you would make them look like criminals.  You, are a DESPICABLE person....and I thought lawyers were are BELOW them. 

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2011 9:24 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

This is complete and udder garbage.  This hack job advocates breaking a federal law because the media deserves to know what happened at the hospital.  He has no right to know what kind of treatment these young men had.  Your bald fat ass needs to get canned for the way you have handled this whole situation.  Sorry some body in Iowa either beat you up or dumped your stupid ass, but if that did happen kudos to who ever did.  There is not one professional journalist on this entire staff and you are at the bottom of that pile.  How you ever got a job writing is beyond me.  Maybe you are so glad this information got out is because you paid those employees to get that information for you, and if you did may you rot in jail you scumbag. I hope you get admitted into the hospital because bubba joe stuck that mouse so far up your ass that it couldnt get out, somebody plasters it all over the internet for all the world to see. May you rot your life away in the pathetic way you live.

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 9:07 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

Wow, this hack should be fired, what he is advocating is worse than what happened at the hospitals, CBS hello fire this A-hole already, he only makes people want to visit your site less and less (which I've done over the past few years)

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2011 8:54 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

I just want to know one thing, Dodd.  Why did you pay the money to the hospital staffers for the information?  Isn't that below even your standards?  I didn't realize it was you at first but then I saw a column by Doyel that revealed your name as the source.  Shame on you.

Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2011 8:31 am

Grow Up Dennis!

Dodd's bias against the U of I is becoming more and more thinly disguised as the days go by.  And to think I actually defended him a few years ago when one of my buddy's told me, "Dodd hates Iowa".  After closer examination of his continued rants, columns, blogs I realized that it was true.  He can't wait 90 days for a comprehensive investigation?  Of course if a quick explanation had been given, Dodd would be criticizing Iowa for rushing the process in order to placate the media or something idiotic like that.  A hypocrite?  That just begins to describe Dodd.  I work at a hospital and have access to the electronic medical record of anyone admitted.  I have to admit if Dodd were admitted I would be curious to look at his history of mental illness.  Dennis, I am sorry if you screwed up a story on Ferentz years ago and Iowa fans jumped on you for it.  Can't you ever move past it and grow up?  Apparently not.  

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2011 8:22 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

"Am I selfish for wanting to know more this case? Absolutely not."
Selfish, maybe not.  Self serving, definitely.  As a journalist covering the story you have a vested interest in rooting out information.  As a respected and professional journalist you have a responsibly to know where the story ends and an invasion of privacy begins.  Clearly you are walking dangerously close to that open window with this blog.

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:08 am

What did YOU learn?

Not one thing from any 'leaks' provided information that was not already said in official U of I press releases. Non issue, quit beating a dead horse. 

You are a hack writer who throws gernades then runs, be a man and respond to your critics on Twitter, you panzy.

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2011 6:29 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 5:18 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

iowa 27missouri 24
since we are talking about things that happened weeks ago yet STILL...
i would like your intake on this....
seems you cant man up to talk about your overrated overhyped huge favorite losing to a team they you were spewing as a patsie weeks before the game. how that turn out for you?  
no wonder your chickensh!t alma mater would never play us
seems your never ending bashing is actually bringing in bigger and better recruits than ever for the team you hate the most
iowa 27missouri 24
funny but thats never going away

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 12:54 am
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