Alabama newspaper defends publishing ‘gut-wrenching’ Laquon Treadwell injury photo

Here’s what the Opelika-Auburn News says about that photo:

The picture is gut-wrenching. It also tells the story. That’s why we chose to run it. As journalists, our primary job is to report what happens – whether by words or photos. Often, what we write or publish is unpleasant. Regarding the photo, this was one of those instances. We did not intend to glorify Treadwell’s injury or offend any reader. To any person hurt by our editorial decision, we apologize.

Our staff has already spent several hours discussing Sunday’s decisions, and we’ll continue to do that in the next few days. If we could redesign Sunday’s 1B again, we would. One thing we would do is use a different headline. We chose “FINDING A WAY” because after the game, numerous players and coaches discussed how the team keeps fighting and finding a way to win difficult games, such as those against Ole Miss, South Carolina and Kansas State.
The headline was not meant to celebrate Treadwell’s injury.

* Auburn paper, Texas writer in hot water with Ole Miss fans (clarionledger.com)
* Editorial (and explanation): Best wishes for Laquon Treadwell (oanow.com)
* Nothing graphic: How the Daily Mississippian covered Treadwell’s injury (thedmonline.com)


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