The New York Times has been on a bit of a roll with its coverage on the preferential treatment afforded to members of Florida State University’s much-heralded football team.
Earlier this year, Walt Bogdanich wrote a lengthy piece on the school’s flawed investigation of Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who was accused of sexual assault. Last month, Bogdanich teamed up with Mike McIntire to report on how Tallahassee police have routinely “soft-pedaled allegations of wrongdoing” by a number of different Seminoles players.
The Times continued that tradition on Friday with another story by Bodanich and McIntire. The two scribes reported that P.J. Williams, a starting cornerback for the defending national champions, was slapped with mere traffic tickets for what was initially labeled a criminal hit and run. It was the last straw for Seminoles fans.
Legions of FSU diehards fought back on Twitter, dutifully flagging links to the latest story as spam.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) November 14, 2014
Eventually, the piece was inaccessible from Twitter, and those hoping to read the story were instead met with this message:
TPM reached out to spokespeople at the Times and the FSU athletic department, but did not immediately hear back from either.