Apparently, Alabama.com sportswriter John Talty knows more about the Alabama football program than Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne.
It all began when Talty reported a story saying that Alabama and Ohio State received their COVID-19 test results ahead of Monday’s NCAA Championship Game, and that the results were favorable. Therefore, the game will go on as scheduled.
But at the time of the report, Byrne called out Talty, questioning his sources publicly on Twitter.
About 30 minutes later, Byrne tweeted again. And guess the contents of that tweet? Yeah, Alabama received its test results. And Talty was right.
Byrne said nothing about his tweet to Talty. He didn’t apologize for questioning Talty’s sources. He didn’t even acknowledge his original tweet to Talty at all.
Now, had Byrne just kept quiet in the first place, or at least been a little more patient before tweeting, no one would be mentioning any of this. But he got an entire fanbase to bash a reporter for … well, no good reason.
On many occasions, sportswriters deserve to be bashed. They generally write to impress each other without keeping the fans or people they cover in mind. (Except for those who cover the NBA, a league which shares their far-left politics.)
But in this instance, Byrne was the one who looks bad. Real bad. Even worse than a sportswriter. And looking worse than a sportswriter is often hard to do.