I love to see gossip columnists and tabloid publishers grovel.It’s sickening to see some irresponsible journalists mar the reputation of clean, hard-working professional.So when they beg for forgiveness it reminds me that nothing can replace the truth for long. No matter how big and strong the gossip-monger, in this case a British tabloid serving us mostly concocted stories since 1903, the truth (also known as Cristiano Ronaldo) ultimately prevails. Last year, when Cristiano was recovering from his ankle operation in the USA, ‘The Daily Mirror’ had run a story on the front page about him. Cristiano had sued them and from Mirror’s apology letter it is clear that the entire report was a figment of imagination with the exception of the existence of a footballer called Cristiano Ronaldo. Here is the Mirror’s apology letter:
CRISTIANO RONALDO – AN APOLOGY
On 17 July 2008 in our front page article “Ron the Lash” we falsely reported that whilst recovering from an operation to his ankle Cristiano Ronaldo had “gone on a bender” at a Hollywood nightclub where he splashed out £10,000 on champagne and vodka and threw his crutches to the ground and tried to dance on his uninjured foot.
We now accept that Cristiano did not “go on a bender”, did not drink any alcohol that evening, did not spend £10,000 on alcohol, nor throw his crutches to the floor or try to dance.
We also accept that he did not act irresponsibly nor jeopardise his recovery and in fact made a full recovery from his injury in record time. We apologise to him for the embarrassment and offence caused and have agreed to pay him substantial damages and his legal costs.
Gotta give it to the Mirror for story telling! 😀