Athletes, critics make connections
It used to be, if athletes read something negative about themselves, it was coming from someone they knew -- the local beat reporter or columnist, individuals who have spent time interviewing them inside the locker room or the press room. These were the only voices they knew of.
And if an athlete wanted to engage one of these critics, it was likely going to happen inside that very same locker room. There's a famous clip of Bobby Bonilla getting testy with sportswriter Bob Klapisch, ...
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