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posted: 11/4/2012 6:00 AM

Article was unfair to soccer player

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I just read the Oct. 19 article "Soccer Great Abby Wambach needs refresher on media relations" by Patricia Babcock McGraw. If you look up the U.S. Women's National Team schedules there are large gaps where athletes have plenty of opportunities to talk to the media. But those aren't days the media want to talk to them. The media want to talk to them the few days before a match, when their schedules are busiest.

The article talks about holding female athletes to a higher standard than male athletes, an offensive comment on its own. Just days before a big series you don't see baseball players at a junior clinic as Ms. Wambach was. She encourages children to be active and improves their communities through fundraising. Maybe they would do a photo op at a children's hospital, or something where injuries are fewer. Instead you write an article like a child who complains to a teacher that the other kids don't want to play with her. And shame on the Daily Herald for actually publishing this as a "news article."

Matt Gruenwald


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