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November 16, 2011

Walker denies he was near fatal shooting

    A story in the New York Daily News said Charlotte Bobcats draftee Kemba Walker was invited to a party at a Chelsea nightclub where a man was fatally shot early Tuesday morning.
    However, Walker, raised in New York, said on his Twitter account that he wasn't at the Juliet Supper Club when the shooting occurred.
    "I was not at the club when it was shot up,'' Walker tweeted. "I don't even stay in NY anymore! It's just a rumor that I was there!''
    Numerous pro athletes, including several New York Giants, were at a party when shots were fired. The Daily News story named several other NBA players, including former Duke stars Carlos Boozer and Chris Duhon, as having been invited.
    There was no indication in the Daily News' story that any of the professional athletes were injured or directly involved with the shooting or whatever prompted it.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 16, 2011 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

Comments

hilarious. "as having been invited". they throw peoples names in just to do so. why the observer would even consider passing this along as news is incredible.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 16, 2011 3:03:03 PM

They have to report the story, because it involves shooting, night club, and NBA players. Just another attempt to damage the image of the NBA players. Notice how they named the NBA players, but not the NFL players.

Posted by: Reggie | Nov 16, 2011 4:53:13 PM

Charlottean and Reggie:
You both missed the point. I was making sure people knew Kemba Walker's side, clarifying that he wasn't there.
Once his name gets associated publicly with a situation like this, the responsible thing is to address it, and give him an opportunity to clarify what did or did not happen.

Posted by: rick bonnell | Nov 16, 2011 5:03:03 PM

Exactly, I see your point Rick. ESPN reported at 9 am this morning that Kemba was there, so I'm glad to hear what he had to say. Thanks!

Posted by: tom P | Nov 16, 2011 5:09:52 PM

Rick covers the NBA genius. Would make sense that he talks about NBA players. Don't let the facts get in the way Reggie.

Posted by: Cranky | Nov 16, 2011 5:42:51 PM

charlottean the peon misses every point...that's just who he is.

Posted by: really? | Nov 16, 2011 5:47:56 PM

NBA players? late night nightclub shooting? Say it isn't so! I can't imagine something like that EVER happening.

Posted by: BarelyCareAnymore | Nov 16, 2011 6:02:30 PM

Humorous watching Rick make you two look stupid. Needed a nice giggle before bed.

Posted by: Jason Warren | Nov 16, 2011 8:56:24 PM

C'mon RICK! This isnt news. Its inuendo, speculation, and gossip. One inch away from reality TV. Just because another news agency (ESPN) prints or televises this as news does not require the CO to report it and continue to provide a platform for discussion. Why should he have to EXPLAIN that he wasnt in the night club, even if he was? As long as he wasnt involved in the incident, it shouldnt matter if he was there or not. I read this and akin it with middle school name calling... REALLY? Write about something that is factual and stop reporting gossip... PLEASE!

Posted by: FuriousStyles | Nov 16, 2011 9:55:49 PM

Furious Styles -

This needs a clarification indeed, for many reason.

First, ESPN is the biggest Sports News Network in the nation and probably in the world. It involves one of the top rookies from the local team and it does so in a negative way. So yes, it is important to see the whole picture and get the facts staight.

Posted by: RobC | Nov 17, 2011 10:15:12 AM

i don't have a problem with you guys reporting that walker wasn't there. I have a problem with any journalist that throws names into something that more than likely has nothing to do with them.

the 2 biggest sins committing constantly by journalists these days are: 1 - quotes from a source who needs to be kept anonymous and 2 - ________ guest was invited to the event.

saying someone was there is completely different as rumoring that they might have been because some janky club promoter said they might be coming by. and even if they were there, if the incident was in public forum and had absolutely nothing to do with them.....why would you responsibly report that they were there just to associate them to a crime. if it was at their house a la zach randolph.......eff em........that's their house. but in public? "invited" ?

that's weak. and i know you didn't write it, but you regurgitated it which is just as bad.

i didn't miss the point, y'all missed mine.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 17, 2011 7:31:02 PM

when did espn become the tmz of sports journalism! They are trying to create stories when none are available!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 17, 2011 10:21:16 PM

The problem here is that "journalists" make wild assumptions and everyone lets them get away with it. Some butt-head promoter tries to drum up business at his club by telling everyone the names of the athletes that got invited to a party. Party happens, someone gets shot. ESPN makes the assumption, "If he was invited, that guarantees he was there." So ESPN starts yakking, "Shooting at NY nightclub! KEMBA WALKER WAS THERE!"

This is why I never watch SportsCenter under any circumstances any longer.

Posted by: J | Nov 18, 2011 8:33:29 AM

I agree as I am also sick of all the preaching done by ESPN employees up on Mount Pious. They will continualy report a story or show a video clip and give the "opinion" that someone needs to be fined or suspended in a sport until the league in question caves in and announces a fine or suspension. They have gone from reporting news to creating it.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Nov 18, 2011 6:51:41 PM

NO NBA SEASON THIS YEAR.....

Posted by: Scott | Nov 19, 2011 8:16:19 PM

Quadruple garbage! Why not report that Pete Maravich was not there? Dropping names without credible sources is inappropriate and unprofessional - even if ESPN said it. They editorialize and shape public opinion based on what they CHOOSE to report.

Posted by: qdog112 | Nov 24, 2011 2:11:45 PM

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