IF YOU WERE A SPORTSWRITER and your son was a superstar wide receiver playing in the Super Bowl, could you cover the game objectively?
Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals will have his performance documented and critiqued by hundreds of journalists, including his own father, Larry Sr.
"I understand there's no cheering," Larry Sr. told USA Today. "I'm there as an objective journalist."
But over the past two years, Larry Sr. has written about his son in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, a weekly newspaper serving the African American community, at least 23 times (according to a Salon.com story). In a story after the Cardinals defeated the Eagles, the elder Fitzgerald wrote:
No bird — or player, for that matter — has played better in these playoffs than Fitzgerald. The remarkable 25-year-old receiver has been on fire in the playoffs. In many ways he has literally carried his team on his back, making incredible acrobatic caches and big plays.
Can you be a journalist and a proud father at the same time?
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