Reporter fired after attributing lack of softball stats to ‘coach’s bullshit and laziness’

Louisiana-based journalist Jeannine LeJeune tweeted this part of an article that she said appeared in Thursday’s edition of the Rayne Independent:

I asked LeJeune if there was a byline on the piece; she said there wasn’t. The paper does not have a website, but I followed up for more details.

In the meantime: Wow.

Jim Romenesko reported Friday that Kade Seibold, the reporter responsible for the story, has been fired. The newspaper’s general manager told Romenesko that the reporter meant to take the line out when he got the stats, but he forgot.

“I was writing the article and I was beginning to get frustrated because I didn’t have the proper information to write it [but] that’s no excuse,” Seibold told Romenesko. “I was wrong, but I think the punishment is very stiff.”

In response to LeJeune, Seibold tweeted this morning:

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001929349347 Krena Lanham

    welcome to newspaper.

  • http://twitter.com/rossemo Ross M

    How about adding the sports editor or the lead editor to the list of who gets canned?  Ask Jamie Dimon about (wo)manning up and taking responsibility for your team’s actions.  There is apparently not even a proofread prior to publication.  Kade, if you could get your shit together, I’d hire you.

  • Anonymous

     “the reporter meant to take the line out when he got the stats, but he forgot.”

    Guess he got fired because of his bullshit and laziness.

  • Anonymous

    And what about the incomplete sentence at the top of the column? Aren’t you curious to know about outfielder Sidney Fontenot?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Saller/100002198727755 Carol Saller

    Ha–who hasn’t done this? Drafted what you really think, with the intention of changing it later? This guy evidently forgot the “later” part.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.nichols1 Lee Nichols

    I’m guessing every sportswriter who’s ever lived has wanted to write that sentence at some point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.nichols1 Lee Nichols

    I’m guessing every sportswriter who’s ever lived has wanted to write that sentence at some point.

  • http://kevin-mcguire.com/ Kevin McGuire

    It’s funny because I was reading from the start, thinking the purpose of the tweet was to point out the poor writing or complete lack of editing, then BOOM! I get to the end.

  • http://www.niemanlab.org/ Joshua Benton

    That’s my hometown paper!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Panhandle-Prophet/100003520219201 Panhandle Prophet

    I wish the writer would elaborate – especially on the bullshit part!