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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: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2011 12:52 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

Does CBS really want to continue employing a "journalist" who advocates breaking federal law AND violating the privacy of students and hospital patients?  Really?

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2011 12:13 am

More information is good in the Iowa case

I couldn't word it any better than Jon Miller did:

Dodd epitomizes unprofessionalism. It's as simiple as that.

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:22 pm

More information is good in the Iowa case



Iowa made a mistake, yes.  But saying Iowa has no concern for his students is down right stupid.  Ferentz is and always has been extremely concerned about his players.  Whenever there is an injury during a game, in the post game conference you seem him get most emotional when speaking about the injuries.

I had the pleasure of running into Kirk Ferentz at a movie theater in Iowa City one weekend when I was down there with my family.  I went up to him to ask for his autograph and he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  He was surprised when I asked, like why I would want it.  I ended up getting his signature and a picture taken with him and he is one of the most humble people I have ever met. 

To be saying what kind of program does Iowa run is absurd.  I guarantee you that many other NCAA schools have just as hard or harder offseason workouts.  The only reason it has been brought to light is because, unfortunately, 13 players had to receive medical attention. 

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:15 pm

More information is good in the Iowa case

Unbelievable.  Just when I start to think CBS, and particularly Dodd's stance on this issue couldn't become any more targeted at the U of I, he realeases this BS.  You want to know more information Dodd?  These employees were brave?  You're pretty much saying that you don't think these parents were provided access to the ailments that caused rhabdo?  As if their children (the athletes) declined to tell them?   

Once again, your story is complete speculation and full of holes.  Is this actually considered journalism?  Or is this Sports TMZ?  Sure, most journalists supported wikileaks, etc...  But unfortunately, this doesn't pertain the general public and is no matter of national security.  This is just another Dodd smear on the Hawks.  You're grabbing at straws to support your "shock-journalism".   

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:10 pm

More information is good in the Iowa case

Dodd, great note.  I hope those who were disciplined by the hospital are some form of appeal.  I always respected Iowa but when see something like this it makes you wonder what is going on there, is there any concern for the student?  What sort of program do they run?  Is anyone minding the ship?  Why is Ferentz still employed?  Why are they not under immediate investigation?  Suspension until we find out what they did to these kids??

I hope the NCAA takes action, none of us who respect the tradition of this sport should let Iowa off the hook... NCAA stop worrying about who got a free ride on a scooter or who traded what for a tatoo and prosecute schools like Iowa who engage in what is a soft form of abuse... PLEASE!

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:08 pm

A professional at work!

Let me review:
"If five staffers ... leaked information about those 13 Iowa football players then a part of me is glad ... I'm selfish that way." [...] "Am I selfish for wanting to know more this case? Absolutely not."

"part of me is glad. A big part. The part that craves information ...  So was America during Watergate." [...] "No one is saying this is Watergate."

"a part of me ... 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" [...] "Were they wrong? Absolutely. Morally and ethically."

"Does that make me a hypocrite?"

Yes Dennis, it does. But more than that, this piece makes clear that you are either incapable of maintaining a consistent point of view over a short column, or are choosing not to do so. In this case I definitely subscribe to the maxim that one should not attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2011 10:52 pm

More information is good in the Iowa case

The story has been advanced if the leaking of medical records will suddenly explain exactly what happened and thereby give you a sense of instant gratification? Are you seriously that shallow, superficial, selfish, and stupid?  What you know is that there were some parents that were initially upset but, unlike you, they have calmed down and are now thinking and behaving rationally.  You are right about one thing here and that is that there is a disconnect and that disconnect is caused by people like you keeping your heads where the sun never shines. Is so hard up that they have to hire clueless creeps like you? If so, they may as well hang it up because hiring typists of your caliber do nothing but make them look bad.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2011 10:43 pm

More information is good in the Iowa case

Dudd, why aren't you covering the arrest of the Missouri player in the same manner as you do the Iowa players?  After all, you are an alum. You have this fixation, fascination, addiction to Iowa.  What is it with you? 

I mean seriously, you had the balls to really write this?  Wow, you are one of the most screwed up individuals.  I know you have mentioned you are married and have kids.  I just so cannot believe this is true.  Do you do this to your wife and kid(s) too?

Do they know you are cheating on them with your obsession with Iowa?  Wow, my wife thinks I am the Hawkeye superfan, but she has no clue the extent you have this thing about the Hawkeyes.

This is really bordering on stalking...and your I am not a legal person so I am not sure if what you are writing is slander or libel or anything, but sheesh, your articles are so poor, so ethically and morally bankrupt that you have crossed the line to being despicable and your efforts at journalism are so sad that I should contact the alumni director for Mizzou to see if you could be expelled from the association if you are a member.  You so do not represent that j school well at all. 

I am just so sick of you dude...please, please, please go away, get a job with the newspapers in a country far far away. 

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:48 pm

More information is good in the Iowa case

This is one of the most irresponsible act of journalism that I have ever seen and it should be cause for your employers to at the very least suspend you for a significant amount of time. Where do I get off saying such a thing? I conduct a significant amount of health communication research and have been intricately involved in issues of privacy for quite some time. If you had any idea what inspired HIPPA regulations you would be ashamed.

I understand your reasons. You believe that somehow if you got immediate information you would be able to understand this situation and provide the world with your deep insights. Seriously? Are you that much of a child to think that health care issues are as simple as that? How long have you practiced medicine? Guess what? If you had ever practiced medicine, you would understand that conducting a 90 day review of a health care event such as this would be entirely reasonable.

What is unreasonable is this knee-jerk pseudo-journalism that clearly falls outside the realm of even the most rudimentary standards or journalistic ethics.

You sir should be utterly ashamed of yourself.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:14 pm

More information is good in the Iowa case

Under HIPAA the parents of those athletes didn't even have a right to access those medical records without the athlete's consent.  Regardless of what we think we think we have a "right" to know, I don't think that in any way supersedes an individual's right to keep their records private if they so choose.  To do otherwise leads down a very slippery slope.  Who then determines what should and should not be made public?  What constitutes the "common good"? How deep into the records should access be allowed?  Thanks, but I'd prefer to keep those decisions in my hands.

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