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Reporters ethics?


I don't know about this, I really don't.

The Loathsome Troll Jeff Goodman broke the story about FedEx CEO Dave Bronczek's conversation with Memphis recruit Abdul Gaddy's mother Oseye Gaddy, who is a long-time FedEx employee, an apparent recruiting violation.

According to this article from the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, Goodman found out about it, then reported it to the NCAA himself before contacting Memphis:

[Memphis athletics director R.C] Johnson said he did not know about the phone call until he was contacted Thursday by Jeff Goodman of Oseye Gaddy talked openly with Goodman about the conversation last week in Las Vegas while watching her son play in an AAU tournament.

Goodman, who has been a critic of the Memphis program and openly feuded with coach John Calipari in recent years, then contacted the NCAA.

After Johnson learned of Goodman's report, Memphis moved quickly to turn paperwork in to the NCAA.

Does this seem normal to you?  Maybe it is, but normally what I have seen is reporters reporting on violations, which subsequently get picked up by the NCAA and investigated.  I have never heard of a reporter reporting a violation to the NCAA him/herself, but then again, maybe it happens all the time.  It just seems to me that, in such a case, the reporter becomes part of the story and loses any objectivity he/she may have had.

I'm not necessarily saying it is wrong, it just seems ... somehow inappropriate, I don't know.  Maybe it happens all the time, but I have never heard of a reporter calling a district attorney about a possible crime, or sports reporters calling the NCAA and ratting out coaches except on the pages of their media reports.  But if it is commonly done, then fine.  I just don't think I have ever heard of this happening before.

Anyone out there have thoughts about this, or can point me to examples of previous occurrences?

Hat tip:  Fanhouse.