Oklahoman Editor Apologizes For "Mr. Unreliable" Headline On Durant
OKLAHOMAN Sports Editor Mike Sherman today on the paper's website pens an apology for a headline from this morning's edition that referred to Thunder F Kevin Durant as "Mr Unreliable." Sherman writes the headline "missed the mark," adding the "words were overstated and unduly harsh" (NEWSOK.com, 5/1). Thunder GM Sam Presti, referring to Durant's work on behalf of tornado victims, said, "What I witnessed from Kevin Durant on the streets of Moore, Oklahoma, a year ago is the absolute definition of reliability" (NEWSOK.com, 5/1).
ESPN's Marc Stein wrote on his Twitter feed, "Orlando Sentinel, fairly or unfairly, gets blamed for hastening @SHAQ exit in '96 w/ anti-Shaq poll. Oklahoman bound to get similar heat now." NBA.com's David Aldridge tweeted, "There are 29 other teams who would love to have an 'unreliable' player like Kevin Durant. No problem w/strong opinions, but...wow." CBSSports.com's Royce Young: "It should be noted: @BerryTramel's ... column very fair & spot on. Just the headline that's, eh." MSP Sports Founder Tim McGhee: "Apparently, the Oklahoman is the NY Post's Triple A club."