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Stansbury Lets Sidney Talk On TV; Local Press Ticked

Rick Stansbury should know better.  In his 13th season as an SEC head coach, Mississippi State’s top Dog should know that playing favorites with the media will only tick off those in the media who aren’t treated as favorites.

Following State’s win over Ole Miss on Saturday, Stansbury allowed Renardo Sidney to speak on television with Joe Dean, Jr. 

So? 

Stansbury has not allowed the local press in the state of Mississippi to speak with the controversial big man.  And his decision made for “a tense scene for a few moments as several reporters — including David Brandt of The Associate Press and Rick Cleveland of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger — demanded to know why Sidney… was made available for the TV interview.”

After the game, an MSU spokesperson told the press room: “You’re not going to get Sidney.  He’s not going to come in here.  You’re all going to try to get it back to Hawaii.  We have to protect him.”

It seems the folks in Starkville have done nothing but protect Sidney.  Some have suggested the player’s lack of accountability has led to many of his much-discussed attitude issues.


Examples:

Sidney insulted MSU fans and re-tweeted comments critical of his coach on Twitter… yet he was “protected” while Raven Johnson was suspended.

Sidney was caught by television cameras fighting with teammate Elgin Bailey in Hawaii… yet he was “protected” while Bailey felt the need to transfer.


Perhaps MSU should — at some point — let the player speak for himself.  Who knows, being accountable for his actions now might someday actually help him as an adult, though it’s doubtful anyone surrounding Sidney cares as much about Sidney the adult as they do Sidney the basketball player.

Either way, Stansbury stepped in it by granting the SEC Network (meaning: ESPN) access to Sidney.  Sure ESPN pays a huge chunk of money to the league and the network probably promised not to bring up Sidney’s past off-court issues.  But Stansbury is not a popular man in the state of Mississippi these days.  The last thing he needs to do is make enemies with the people who cover his team on a daily basis.  Because those local writers and reporters have a helluva lot more influence on public opinion than Joe Dean, Jr. does.

 


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