Sports Illustrated changes color of Baylor jerseys; ‘do we really want to do this?’ asks photographer

The original photo:

How it appeared in Sports Illustrated:

Dallas Morning News photographer Louis DeLuca knew that Baylor players wore black jerseys for this game — he watched part of it on TV — so he was surprised to see them green in Sports Illustrated. “This may not seem like a big deal to some,” he writes, “but in an age where digital manipulation can, and is, eroding the public’s confidence in what they see produced by professional photojournalists as visual truth, do we really want to do this?”

I’ve asked Sports Illustrated photo director John Blackmar director of photography Steve Fine to explain the color change. (Blackmar: “I’m at SI.com, and we did not use this photo on the web.”)

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S RESPONSE: “We’ve looked into this and due to a production error the uniform colors are misleading,” writes Scott Novak, Time Inc. Sports Group senior vice president/communications & development. “We should have caught it and will run a correction next week.”

I told Novak I thought people would call bullshit on the “production error” excuse — Deadspin sure isn’t buying it — and asked if anyone was disciplined for the color change. He replied: “We’ve investigated the issue and consider the matter closed. We’ll correct the record with next week’s issue.”

* When is black not black? When you’d rather it be green? (dallasnews.com)
* Check out the uniform colors on the Baylor Bears website (baylorbears.com)

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