Creek claims AFL stuff out of context, journo posts audio
Our NBL writer Boti Nagy was on leave so I was asked to go down to Adelaide Arena.
While I was there I thought I'd ask Creek about the article — which given his status as one of Australia’s premier young basketball talents was in my opinion worthy of a follow-up.
We spoke for seven minutes (I had to rush to an Adelaide United press conference immediately after) about the article, his plans to train with Essendon, what it would take for him to change sports and whether he thought he’d be worth a big money contract.
I filed the story and it ran last Thursday.
That morning 36ers marketing manager Paul Bonsor called to let me know Mitch was "pissed off" with the article.
The club was concerned it was a distraction as they approached finals and asked next time if I could let them know what I was going to write about before it ran in the paper.
Paul was professional and courteous and I appreciated the phone call.
Later that night I received a Facebook message from Mitch expressing his disappointment with the article.
There’s no need to reveal specifically what he said, but he was more than reasonable and I took his criticism on board.
I haven’t had a lot to do with Mitch during his four seasons in Adelaide but have found him to be friendly, confident and a huge fan favourite.
For what it’s worth I enjoyed hearing what he had to say about the AFL and his football ability.
I’ve never had a problem with athletes expressing confidence or speaking openly about the financial considerations that go into their decisions. More should.
This Tuesday I became aware of an interview Mitch did on radio station FreshFM. He addressed the article and suggested I’d badly taken him out of context.
I’ve got no problem with Mitch presenting his side of the situation but also heavily value my reputation.
So I’m posting the audio of our original interview so you can make up your own mind.