Oregon Fraternity Students Use Unfortunate Phrasing to Describe Garrett Embry and Jeremiah Masoli, Get Quoted in Newspaper
No one likes to get things stolen from them. Reporters love to get great quotes. So when some expensive items were reportedly stolen from a University of Oregon frat house, with accusations that the football team's starting quarterback was allegedly involved in the thefts, the frat guys sought out the student newspaper to bring some publicity to their lost items.
Some choice quotes were left on the newspaper's voicemail, one of which was originally published online in the story:
After all, there was potential natural news going down on the their campus, and not commenting on it would be silly. Oh, plus, they apparently got tipped off by some of the fraternity guys the morning after. And these fraternity guys just happened to call Masoli and Embry "fucking hoodrats" on the voicemails left at the Daily Emerald.
The quote was later removed from the story by an editor, and it might have been just a tad irresponsible to print it considering police are saying that Jeremiah Masoli and Garrett Embry are not suspects in the case as of yet. Here's what remains in the student paper:
The Emerald received two voicemail messages from a phone belonging to University sophomore and SAE member Wayne Kohnke early Sunday morning just after the incident occurred.
“Hello,” one of the messages said. “Wake up. It’s the story of a lifetime. Jeremiah Masoli and Garrett Embry just stole all my friend’s possessions ... We need a story run on this. Do you understand?”
Hmmm ... late night voice messages from frat guys claiming to have the story of a lifetime? Is drunk dialing a newspaper the lamest of all drunk dials?
This wouldn't be the first time an Oregon football player got himself into trouble, but it's probably not the best newspaper policy to run with voicemail quotes leveling accusations against people that could ultimately affect their scholarship/playing status before all the facts are out.