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Star Tribune apologizes for Jim Souhan column about Coach Kill's epileptic seizures

Star Tribune apologizes for Jim Souhan column about Coach Kill's epileptic seizures

Star Tribune Editor in Chief Nancy Barnes took the rare step of publicly apologizing for a column suggesting Gophers Coach Jerry Kill's epilepsy makes him a liability.


The Sunday story by Jim Souhan questioned Kill's fitness for the field in light of several seizures he has suffered during football games, including Saturday's. Arguing that "Kill is not healthy enough to lead," Souhan wrote:

Star Tribune apologizes for Jim Souhan column about Coach Kill's epileptic seizures

What I have gathered from readers is that they believe I poked fun at Jerry, or demeaned his condition.

I certainly wouldn't do that intentionally and I regret that my tone in the column struck some readers that way.

I like Jerry and think highly of him as a coach. I would love to see him remain healthy. I admire his gumption.

I'm accustomed to receiving criticism for nearly everything I write. As a sports columnist, every opinion draws a backlash. What is happening now is different because I'm receiving criticism from people who believe that I insulted Kill or people who share his condition.

That certainly was not my intent.

So far no word from Coach Kill on whether the apology is accepted.

H/T: Romenesko


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