I listen to the LRC podcast, which by the way is quite entertaining. In this week's segment Cooper Teare put Jon Gault (and LRC) on his banned list for breaking the news regarding his move to BTC. He said it was "lame" that J. Gault did not give him a chance to be the one to break the news.
I've disagreed with Gault vehemently on many occasions, but NOT IN THIS INSTANCE. He is absolutely well within his rights to report the news, especially when he gave Cooper a heads-up and a chance to respond. If anything, the athlete comes across as childish and immature who does not know how to deal with the press.
Yup, seems like it is official. Teare was just on the Hills & Twos podcast and said it's true. Also seems pretty pissed at LR for leaking it but this looks like it's the first time he has officially confirmed it. I think...
Does it matter? Gault and his employer are on Teare’s sh** list and he will not talk to them or give them a quote. When Teare wins a US championship, makes an Olympic team, or sets an American record, he is now going straight to Citius or Runners World to chat. Hours later, Gault and a sleep deprived Rojo will be having to fill time speculating about Cooper’s training and mindset from message board posts. Was the scoop worth it?
He's hasn't done enough in the running world to have any attitude. These young runners need thicker thin. He'll talk to LRC at some point. There's not that many outlets for T&F and LRC is by far one one of the best. I'd like to know if Rachel McArthur has any post collegiate running plans?
Teare is pretty obviously in the wrong here. You can get upset if the journalist gives you no chance to comment or reports something incorrect. Gault gave him the courtesy of asking for comment and a heads up on the story. In general, the anger is misplaced from how wide the information spread (and him naively not anticipating that) to the reporter who did his job. I guess the first question to Teare is why if this was months in the works were you holding your social post? It’s not like the news broke with a lot of domestic track happening, or we’ve heard of any legit reason why Gault should have sat on it (eg legal reasons, conflicting with Worlds)
The reason letsrun is wrong here just hit me. The "journalists" here are essentially paparazzi. The staff at letsrun go to events looking for a big break and huge interviews but they also release a lot of arbitrarily perceived information and post it like it's factual, again looking for the big break. This was absolutely Teare's information to provide because he and his PR people could have presented in a way that is comfortable to provide.
Essentially, "affluenza" is driving this board and its staff. As I have gleaned from listening to Clay Travis, if you are monetarily secure, you can do what you want...
...including interloping in an athlete's affairs just to be the first to a scoop.