When last we left Geno Smith he was being branded the spoiled athlete. The reports were that he was thrown off of a Virgin Atlantic flight because he wouldn’t get off of his phone. An airport official went as far as to say he pulled a “Baldwin” which in modern lexicon means to get thrown off of a plane while having a fit. In the 24 hour news cycle that we live in Deadspin didn’t bother to gather all the facts they just wanted to be first and TMZ followed closely behind. This story by Seth Walder of the New York Daily News is an example of the slants on the stories and the attack on Smith’s character. You can read that here.
Geno Smith’s side of the story was that he had his headphones on and did not hear the flight attendant. The flight attendant then ripped the earphones out of the socket and threw them on the floor. That caused Smith to call for a supervisor and when that got him no satisfaction he left the plane and asked for the police’s assistance.
On January 23rd Virgin Atlantic Airways issued an apology to Geno Smith which said:
After a full review of the incident, we believe it was the result of a misunderstanding that regrettably escalated unnecessarily. We’ve apologized to Mr. Smith for his experience, which could have been better — and we’d welcome him back onboard any time. As an airline that prides itself on our guest service, we take incidents such as this one very seriously. (Cimini ESPNNewYork.com January 23rd)
So now that the airline has apologized to Geno Smith surely there will be articles retracting what they said and writing a more even-handed article. Right? Here’s the tiny article that the Daily News ran after the apology. Read that here. Not quite as big and bombastic as the original article.
The news cycle is so quick that an athlete is tried and convicted by writers and the public at large and by the time the apology comes, if it comes at all, it is old news that only merits a few paragraphs. So it goes for public life in 2014 it is the cost of fame.