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Friday, August 13, 2010

The Gray-Pavin conundrum

There are very few times I'll side against my journalism brethren, but the Jim Gray and Corey Pavin situation is that case.

As the reports say, Gray, who is a Golf Channel reporter, interviewed Pavin and reported that the U.S. Ryder Cup captain plans to use one of his captain's picks on Tiger Woods if Woods fails to qualify for the team.

Pavin used Wednesday's press conference at the PGA Championship to call Gray out, claiming he was misinterpreted.

Pavin said it wouldn't be fair to the other players and that no captain's picks have been decided yet.

As is being reported, Gray told Pavin he's a liar and that he's going down following the press conference when fellow reporters began vacating the scene.

Pavin tweeted about it later saying Gray had waited for the cameras to stop rolling, and according to reports, Pavin's wife pulled her cell phone out to record all that transpired.

Normally, I'd side with Gray and defend him for seeking out the truth and reporting it, but I think his reaction isn't the right way to go about that.

This isn't the first time, the veteran broadcaster has found himself as a polarizing figure based off an interview.

Gray stirred up controversy back in 1999 at the Major League Baseball All-Star game.

The All-Century team was announced and Gray interviewed Pete Rose, who at that time had not confessed to betting on baseball.

Gray continuously grilled Rose about the allegations and why he signed the paper accepting his ban from baseball.

It didn't play out too well on national television, as Rose ended up looking better than Gray.

Yet Gray's pressuring questions turned out to have validity as Rose eventually admitted to betting on baseball years later.

Gray might just be right about his current situation with Pavin, but the way he is going about it - by calling Pavin a liar and telling him he's going down - isn't the right course of action.

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