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The Opelika-Auburn News published this photo on the cover of their sports section last Sunday after Auburn beat Ole Miss...

Like a lot of people, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork was very disappointed in the newspaper's decision to run that photo of Rebels WR Laquon Treadwell suffering a devastating injury at the end of the game. So he wrote them a letter and the Opelika-Auburn News published it...
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After careful thought and consideration, I feel compelled to express my disappointment in the way you reported the outcome of the Auburn vs. Ole Miss game. Specifically, the way you sensationalized a moment with a grossly depicted image that affects a young man’s life. Furthermore, your response to criticism from readers could be described as nothing short of digging your heels in. Quite simply and most disappointing, you showed no signs of remorse for the incredible lapse of judgment.

We run our athletics department with a well-defined purpose, and we operate daily using seven core values to guide us. Together, those core values comprise our “line in the sand,” and we will defend them when attacked. It is our belief that your actions are at odds with those of those core values: Student-Athlete Welfare and Social Responsibility. So, it is for that reason that I have written to you.
In closing, we know of no other newspaper that has used such a graphic image of a student-athlete’s injury in such a sensationalist way and sincerely hope you have not created a precedent for this type of crass journalism.

Ross Bjork
Director of Athletics
University of Mississippi
Filed Under: SEC Football

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That image tells the story of the game - that's journalism
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Eat a dick Mrs. Amaro
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Mrs. Amaro..........

you sound like you need your arse kicked. this coming from someone who despises ole miss
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I hope Bjork never leaves Oxford.
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Bjork aint a jerk...unlike those folks at the crappy newspaper...
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I'm slowly starting to like this Bjork...
Reply92 months
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good for him and agreed. whatever the intent was by the paper, there were other images that could have been used to convey the story. as an Auburn fan, i completely agree with the ole Miss AD. the fact that the paper has not issued an apology is kind of sad
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