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ESPN's Anderson offers statement on Sam report, but it's missing 2 words

By Ken Schott
Friday, August 29, 2014

ESPN reporter Josina Anderson, who came under harsh criticism for her report earlier this week on St. Louis Rams linebacker Michael Sam, issued a statement Friday about the situation.

Her report on Sam, who came out earlier this year and said he was gay, centered on who or who isn't with Sam in the Rams' locker room.

Here is Anderson's statement, via ESPN, and let's see if you can spot something that's missing:

"I wanted to take this opportunity to say I understand the vast and varying perspectives regarding our Michael Sam report. I’m particularly sensitive to those who feel the content therein worked to perpetuate stereotypes surrounding the LGBT community, or was just overall insensitive. In all humility, I truly understand these viewpoints and have taken time to reflect on how our story had this unintended consequence. To Michael Sam, I truly empathize with and respect your journey thus far on many different levels. Ultimately, I’ve always believed making a professional sports roster should and will come down to production.

"In my role as reporter, it’s also important for me to emphasize that I highly value accuracy and in this case gathered facts using well-accepted journalistic standards. I can also appreciate that there are always lessons to be gained in any situation regardless of experience or tenure.

"As I move on, I look forward to leading off ESPN’s regular-season NFL coverage next week and I appreciate their continued support.

"Respectfully and with well-intentions,
Josina Anderson."

Well, did you see the words "I'm sorry" in there? Neither did I. And that is what this statement needed. This comes off as a statement of excuses.

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