Back in 2005 the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin retracted a statement about former NFL star Bo Jackson and steroids. It wasn't enough. This weekend on its website home page, the paper re-apologizes even more abjectly. Bo does litigation — still — it would appear.
Public Apology to Bo Jackson
On behalf of the California Newspapers Partnership, MediaNews Group, Inc., and MediaNews Interactive, Inc., we would like to reiterate our previous unconditional apology to Mr. Bo Jackson and his family for the article titled "Forum Tackles the Dangers of Steroid Use" that appeared in both the print and online versions of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on March 24, 2005.
The article quoted a speaker who stated that "Bo Jackson lost his hip because of anabolic abuse." Because the reporter did not obtain corroborating evidence to support the statement, we fully retract this quote and deeply regret and apologize for any distress this may have caused to Mr. Jackson, his family, or friends. Mr. Jackson is one of the finest athletes of the past two decades, and we apologize if the article served in any way to call into question his athletic accomplishments throughout his career.
By the way, Daily Bulletin reporter Leo Greene continues to chronicle the progression of his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease last year and began writing about it almost immediately.