In case you missed it, last night, sportswriter Nathaniel Friedman, aka Bethlehem Shoals, caused an uproar with his reaction to Pat Smith’s speech at the RNC:

Here’s a sample of the blowback:

It took a while for Friedman to consider the possibility that he’d done something wrong.

But he got there eventually, at least:

Friedman’s apology concludes with this:

Under no circumstances is it okay to invoke violence against women. As outraged as I was by parts of Pat Smith’s speech, to use this kind of language as a means of expressing that feeling was completely out of bounds. I also completely understand how, regardless of my intent, it was extremely triggering for a lot of people. And for that I am genuinely sorry.

I’ve also heard a lot this morning from people on the other side of the political spectrum. While I may disagree with these people on a number of matters, I know that what I wrote is utterly indefensible. The last thing this country needs is statements that make the climate even more toxic and divisive.

I generally believe the world to be a messy, confusing place. But in this case, there’s no ambiguity about it: I fucked up and should have just owned that. I’ve learned my lesson and at this point all I can do is reiterate that I’m sorry and promise to do better in the future.

But for many people, it’s too little, too late:

What do you think?



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