In this business proper credit needs to be given when quoting reporting peers. Sometimes this isn’t the case. Here’s an example via Yahoo’s Kelly Dwyer in a blog post entitled Carmelo Anthony doesn’t understand ‘Muhammad Ali-type statements’ where he gives David Aldridge credit for the Anthony quote despite obvious print and video evidence Aldridge attributed the quote to me:
And yesterday, in talking to NBA.com’s David Aldridge, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony(notes) passed this along:
It was shortly after that that my man Michael Tillery (who, by the way, disagrees with me that the stars couldn’t put their own run together), from the terrific website The Starting Five, asked Anthony why the star players don’t speak out like the NFL’s players did during the NFL lockout.
“We’re not allowed,” Anthony said. “I mean, everybody has their own opinion. You hear people talk here and there. But nobody comes out and says what they really want to say. That’s just the society we live in.”
He laughed a little.
And, then: “Athletes today are scared to make Muhammad Ali-type statements.”
I’m in the process of contacting Yahoo’s managing editors for a public correction. I’ll let you all know when this matter is addressed.