<img src = "data: image / gif; base64, R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw ==" class = "lazyload ls-lazy-image-tag" data-sizes = "auto" data-srcset = "https: // i. kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–wYmmbwpI–/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ty0tol5mtejml4wmbapv.png 2x, https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker- media / image / upload / s – wYmmbwpI – / c_scale, f_auto, fl_progressive, q_80, w_800 / ty0tol5mtejml4wmbapv.png 3x "data-width =" 1266 "data-chomp-id =" ty0tol5mtejml4wmbapv "data-format =" png "alt =" Illustration for article titled "It Sounds Safe as if a Cubs Exec Wanted to Impact Addison Russell Coverage" 19659005] The baseball prospect writer Mike Gianella also tweeted that he made similar comments from anonymous sources Sources had heard, and Bill Baer of Hardball Talk wrote that he had received confirmation for Ring's report from a media member after he had published a blog on Sunday ng told Deadspin and made it clear in later tweets that she had several sources, all of which related similar stories.
The Cubs denied the allegations in Bers report. Theo Epstein said explicitly on Tuesday
and told reporters that the club believes in a free press and that any threat of reprisals against media members is "unacceptable". He added:
I would be really surprised If this happened to the Cubs, and if so, I'd like to know who it was because they would not work for the Cubs much longer. This is a serious offense if you try to threaten a media member for unfavorable reporting. This is a pretty serious claim, and I do not doubt it per se, I just want to make it clear that behavior is unacceptable. That would be a criminal offense. If someone wants to name the person who did this, it would obviously have an immediate effect.
Julian Green, Vice President of Communications, was less elegant in his answer. Green told 670 The Score on Thursday that he had immediately phoned the publisher of Fangraphs, who told Green that he could not do anything about Ring's tweet because he came from a personal account – making him look like a Cubs manager who is trying to deny the coverage of the team in an attempt to deny that the Cubs are trying to influence the team's coverage. He also seemed to misunderstand why the reports came from national authors and not from the specific beatwriters who were themselves affected:
"A person who had no connection or record with the Cubs and who does not act In the name of a credible one The news agency they work for or associate with – which, by the way, requires high standards for reporting – can be sent a tweet without substantial facts and not questioned, as it was sent from his personal Twitter account, and I think so , it is the absolute power uncontrolled. "
" But at no time have we basically said that if you tell a good story, you have all the access you want and if you like to tell a bad story, you can not do it.
(Green's statements also point to a misunderstanding of the credibility of these authors and argue for a misunderstanding of how information actually navigates the Web site, but I digress.)
Somewhere between these comments, one
The team's passionate defense was called by the expected water carriers, and the Russell ball club saw Cubs fans justify defending their beloved shortstop online.Ring has since been forced to account for their account Declare the increasing harassment that emerges from her first report private.
"I woke up yesterday morning with a message that called me a 'crispy transept' and said that the writer would rape and kill me because of he ruined Addison Russels life, that's what my life was like last week – messages like this n Block Twitter and delete my public Facebook, "Ring told Deadspin. "Meanwhile, Julian Green goes on the radio and boasts of calling my employer and asking my head, which only proves my story was right."