“So You Just Sucked”November 22nd, 2012
Joe is saddened when his colleagues are unprofessional, and Joe is confident this was the case yesterday when Atlanta Journal Constitution Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter interacted with Josh Freeman during a conference call with the Atlanta media.
Ledbetter presses Freeman on his performance last season versus this season as it might relate to an injury suffered at a gun range. Freeman had already spent minutes detailing the difference in his performance this season versus last, but Ledbetter wanted more and to talk about injuries.
Freeman didn’t bite and Ledbetter then delivers a rude, juvenile muttering that was picked up by the microphone as another reporter spoke to Freeman.
It seems clear Ledbetter said, “so you just sucked,” in reference to why Freeman had a bad 2011 season.
Here’s the link to the audio from the Falcons website. Feel free to listen yourself. It picks up at 7:35 of the audio. A transcript is below:
D. Orlando Ledbetter: I forgot where I read this over the summer. But I guess there was an injury at the shootin’ range last year that affected your throwing hand or arm. Is that accurate? Or could you clear that up for us?
Josh Freeman: Yeah, you know, it’s kind of not really relevant pertaining to this game. And we don’t really talk about injuries here in the Buccaneers organization.
Ledbetter: Did it affect your play last year? I mean, it’s a spike in your play this year. I’m just trying to figure out why you’re playing so well this year and last year maybe explain why you didn’t.
Freeman: I don’t really understand the question.
Ledbetter: I’m trying to be nice about it. Last year you weren’t playing that well; and this year you’re doing pretty good. Usually there’s an injury underneath that.
Freeman: No. And like I said, we don’t really discuss injuries with the Buccaneers organization.
Unnamed reporter: How bout Mike Nolan, you talked about being in a first year system … Ledbetter in background: So you just sucked [inaudible]
Again, Joe will classify this as juvenile and unprofessional at best.
Perhaps this merely revealed Ledbetter’s sense of humor more than a dislike of Freeman or his answer. But either way it’s inappropriate.
Joe sincerely hopes Ledbetter mans up and issues a public apology.