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Truth is the best defense against libel. Zeller did nit Nix in the junk, Zeller did pull Nix's arm into him and begged for a foul--stopping MSU's surge in the process and maybe costing MSU the game--Zeller did go on record the next day claiming innocence.
What was his basis for libel again?
I'd like to think that, however, saying Zeller would never intentionally fake a crotch shot against Nix the day after saying Nix's action had no place in sports smacks of the "lily white kid was honest and above such things" while "the big, black man was a potential thug."
That is not an apology. An apology would be something like this: "I apologize to Derrick Nix of Michigan State for accusing him of something he did not do. So, Derrick, I hope you are listening - I am sorry. I was wrong."
As for Vitale, when reached today by the Free Press, he said he was “sorry for being so critical of Nix” on the play initially. After watching the angle shown above -- which was tweeted to him by several people -- he said it was not as serious as he thought, and he believes officials were right in not calling a flagrant foul on Nix.
Dick Vitale @DickieV
My initial look at our replay looked like Nix was guilty-new video brings doubt-I am sorry 4 getting too tough on NIx
This post was edited by Phil McCrackin 17 months ago
"Too tough" implies Nix still did something wrong, just not as serious. Left handed apology.
“sorry for being so critical of Nix”
A real man would also call Nix directly on the phone and apologize.
hoke- to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value.
Should he bake him an "i'm sorry PIE" and get him a job after graduation?
Jesus i can't believe that some of you aren't satisfied with Vitale addressing the situation not once, but TWICE.
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