I understand Matt McLean using the first term to describe Braden Keith's "work" over at SwimSwam, but "journalism"?
That's giving him way too much credit!
Middle schoolers put together more professional stories about food fights than Keith does when "reporting" about our great sport.
Read McLean's response to Keith's article about former coach Pliuskatis here.
Oh, never mind the link - I just can't resist!
I take great offense to the use of my name in your article about Michael Pliuskatis. I swam for Coach Pliuskatis at Snow Swimming as an age group athlete prior to transferring to what was then Curl-Burke in 2005. After enrolling at the University of Virginia I did all of my training at the University, summers included, until the summer of 2011 when I trained with Jon Urbanchek at FAST in California. Out of loyalty to my original club team, Snow Swimming, I continued to represent them in name at Summer United States Swimming meets even though I was training in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia. This is not an uncommon course of action amongst college swimming athletes. During my brief visits home, such as semester breaks and summer weekends, I would occasionally train at Snow. This amounted to approximately ten practice days per year, at most. At no time during my association with Snow Swimming was I ever aware of, or witness to, any actions brought forth in these allegations. I am truly and utterly shocked by these allegations.
Any inference linking my name to any impropriety involving these allegations against Mr Pliuskatis is irresponsible journalism on your part and inexcusable reporting. No effort to contact me in an effort to gather facts was made, and as a result you have tarnished my good name and reputation and for that you should be held accountable.
You can search "Braden" to find several posts I've written that were critical of Mr. Keith. If you don't have much time, check one out here.
We'd hoped for better out of SwimSwam in the new year. After all, didn't he resolve to mend his ways (here)?
Edited 7:13 p.m. - Keith has edited his "article" and added the following:
EDITOR NOTE: This story was edited to remove a swimmer’s name. The swimmer merely swam under the coach years ago and occasionally over the last few years. Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, we felt the swimmer was right in requesting that their name be removed.
He's also closed comments. Wonder why?
Edited 2/17/13 - In case you didn't catch the original, cached version is (at least for now) here. Portion Keith removed:
Pliuskatis has coached a several teams, including Swimtec LLC and SNOW Swimming, predominantly on the East Coast, and among his most famous athletes are former Virginia swimmer and 2012 US Olympic Champion Matt McLean.
We’re seeking more information on exactly what happened here, but there is no early indication that McLean is involved in any way.
Ha! Seeking more information? Guess Matt provided y'all with plenty!
No early indicaton that McLean is involved? Gee, thanks...