A photo illustration depicting University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari as a whiny baby on Friday “reflected neither the tone of the column it accompanied nor our editorial standards,” Courier-Journal editor Neil Budde writes in an apology.
The CJ this morning! pic.twitter.com/A7vQMbu0l2
— tony vanetti (@tonyvanetti) September 19, 2014
Kentucky beat writer Kyle Tucker apologized on Twitter, too, notes Matthew Glenesk of the Indianapolis Star (which, like the Courier-Journal, is owned by Gannett).
We messed up with that illustration today, guys. I'm not happy about it. I know you aren't. We will do better.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) September 19, 2014
Budde wrote that editors “have reiterated to those involved and our entire staff that any illustration of this nature must be approved by senior editors, which did not happen in this case.” In June, the Courier-Journal laid off many top editors, including the managing editor, metro editor, multimedia manager and a graphic artist.