SI'S PATERNITY COVER-STORY CONTINUES TO CAUSE DEBATE
Published May 8, 1998
Sports Illustrated's cover-story last week on professional athletes fathering out-of-wedlock children featured a young Khalid Minor, the son of Celtics G/F Greg Minor, on its cover. In Orlando, Jerry Greene calls the cover shot "cruelly exploitative." Greene: "What it illustrated was not the report but the fact that we sensationalize things today, even when we believe we're acting on this side of righteousness" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/8). In K.C., Jason Whitlock, on the SI piece: "The complaints I've heard are that the issue was too personal and had nothing to do with sports, and many journalists thought SI exploited [Khalid Minor] by putting him on the cover with the headline, 'Where's Daddy?' I agree with the second complaint, but not with the first" (K.C. STAR, 5/8). CELTS RESPOND: Celtics President/coach Rick Pitino, on Minor's well-documented paternity problems: "As an organization, it is our job to counsel these players. In most of these situations, the organization has no say." On releasing Minor: "Waive him for what? For being a bad father? That's not a choice" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/8). OSCAR CALLS STORY "OUT OF LINE": Boxer Oscar De La Hoya, who was also mentioned in the SI story, called the piece "out of line," but said that he won't take any action against the magazine (Ursula Reel, N.Y. POST, 5/8).