I’m trying to find out who is criticizing UCLA for awarding
Justin Combs, son of Sean Diddy Combs, a football scholarship.
I first saw the topic on Thursday's "Pardon the Interruption,” when the
hosts, Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, blasted the unidentified critics.
For the record, I agree with "PTI." Justin Combs should keep it. But I still want to know
who thinks UCLA should give it to someone else. Because for all the backlash on TV and the Internet, there has been
little mention of whom the commentators are arguing against.
But only one cultivated a specific example.
KLTA-TV 2, CBS’ Los Angeles affiliate, aired a story
Combs’ scholarship with some man-on-the-street reactions. Student Neshemah
Keetin said: “UCLA’s athletic department needs to consider the fact that
perhaps there is another athlete on the football team who could perhaps really use
That’s it? One student giving an opinion while walking across
campus is causing the Internet to blow up with public debate and a lot of
Chances are you’ve been the subject of a crowd-sourcing
story like this before. A reporter from a media outlet stops you out of the
blue and asks you about the topic of the day. You think about it for about 5 seconds, mutter through a few sentences and move on.
Not in this case. Keetin is apparently the “some” and “critics”
all the tweeters and bloggers are referring to, because they’re not citing
anyone else. Not hundreds or thousands of people. Just her.
This is a controversy that should have never existed, but people piling on to the non-existent opposition have made it into one.
This situation was best summarized by the headline on a blog
by SB Nation’s Jason Kirk: “P. Diddy's Son Should Give Back His UCLA Scholarship,
Says Pretty Much Nobody.”