Thursday, March 1, 2007
MBP of the Week: Daytona Beach News-Journal
Once again, the great game of basketball provides the backdrop for another “Misidentified Black Person” in the media.
Daytona Beach News-Journal sportswriter Ken Hornack (pictured) has a regular feature called “One on One.” It’s a brief Q&A with a player or coach. Two days ago, the headline read: “One on One with Terry Catledge, Magic small forward.”
Well, Terry Catledge hasn’t played for the Orlando Magic since 1993 (his last year in the NBA). Now check this out:
Hornack began the interview by saying, “Congratulations to you and your wife, Natosha, on the birth of your third daughter, Jordan, on Feb. 15. Has that had any effect so far on your sleep at night?”
Natosha isn’t Terry Catledge’s wife. Natosha is the wife of Orlando Magic guard Keyon Dooling.
Yesterday, the Daytona Beach News-Journal made all things clear by publishing this correction:
“The NBA Extra ‘One on One’ feature Tuesday should have reflected that Ken Hornack’s interview was with Keyon Dooling of the Orlando Magic, and not Terry Catledge as stated.”
Oopsie! Who screwed that up?
Don’t take it personally, Keyon. Happens all the time.
UPDATE (03/05/07): Yesterday, Ken Hornack graciously answered my email and explained how this mistake took place. He wrote:
“What happened was we had a dummy page format for my weekly Magic/NBA page. For reasons I can’t pinpoint, the dummy photo on file for that page was of Terry Catledge. And the person in charge of that page -- again, for reasons that escape me -- failed to replace that photo with a photo of Keyon Dooling. (The same applies to the name listed on the dummy page.)
“Trust me, I was livid when I saw the error. But it was not a case of someone mistaking Catledge for Dooling or vice versa.”