Perils of journalism: Ben Stokes lashes out at The Sun for “immoral” breach on…

first_imgImage Courtesy: The Evening StandardAdvertisement lrf4NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsihqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecs7qk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) te00Would you ever consider trying this?😱6eaCan your students do this? 🌚vhl3Roller skating! Powered by Firework World Cup and Ashes hero Ben Stokes’ family faced a rather tumultuous time before his birth. The tragedy was brought into light by The Sun who provoked Stokes in their manner for featuring the story.Advertisement Image Courtesy: The Evening StandardThe Sun featured a front-page article which revealed sensitive details of the Stokes family. The outlet deemed fir to publish the piece which was headlined “STOKES’ SECRET TRAGEDY Ashes hero Ben Stokes’ brother and sister were killed by his mum’s jealous ex, three years before cricketer’s birth,”. The all-rounder shared a statement on Twitter where he lashed out at The Sun for their drive for “chasing sales” and proceeded to state that the news outlet sent a reporter to his house in New Zealand as well. Check out this statement below:Advertisement “Today the Sun has seen fit to publish extremely painful, sensitive and personal details concerning events in the private lives of my family, going back more than 31 years.“It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behavior, disguised as journalism. I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family.Advertisement “For more than three decades, my family has worked hard to deal with the private trauma inevitably associated with these events and has taken great care to keep private what were deeply personal and traumatic events. On Saturday, the Sun sent a ‘reporter’ to my parents’ house in New Zealand to question them, out of the blue, on this incredibly upsetting topic. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Sun thinks it is acceptable to sensationalise our personal tragedy for their front page.“To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of – in particular – my parents, is utterly disgusting. I am aware that my public profile brings with it consequences for me that I accept entirely. But I will not allow my public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my wife, my children or other family members. They are entitled to a private life of their own. The decision to publish these details has given and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular.“This is the lowest form of journalism, focussed only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to the lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order.“The article also contains serious inaccuracies which have compounded the damage caused. We need to take a serious look at how we allow our press to behave.“Despite the fact that this has now been made public, I do please ask all concerned to respect my family’s privacy and right to home life,”Read Also:Steve Smith Pat Cummins retain top spot in the latest ICC Test RankingsAfghanistan outshine their own record with 12 successive T20I wins Advertisementlast_img read more

UP & COMING ABBEY VALE & CLASSY QUICK CASABLANCA BRING RECENCY, VARYING STYLES TO SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 LAST TYCOON STAKES AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF

first_imgIN ADDITION TO ‘ABBEY’ TRAINER D’AMATO WILL ALSO BE REPRESENTED BY CLASSY COMEBACKER BIG JOHN B ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2015)–Although they will both be racing for the second time off lengthy layoffs, the similarities end there as up and coming Abbey Vale and classy Quick Casablanca figure prominently among a field of eight older horses set to go 1 ¼ miles on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes at Santa Anita.Speedy Abbey Vale overcame an 11-month absence to win a second condition allowance here on March 27, as he pressed the pace and went on to an impressive one length win at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old Irish-bred was originally conditioned by the late Mike Mitchell, who sent him out to a 1 ¼ length win in his U.S. debut going a flat mile on turf on March 8, 2014.With two wins from three Southern California starts, Abbey Vale, who is owned by Ellis, R/M Racing and Sim, will try graded stakes competition for the first time and is 18-3-4-1 overall with earnings of $98,014.D’Amato will also be represented by classy Big John B, who has been idle since running ninth, beaten 5 ¼ lengths in the Grade I, 1 ½ miles Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 1. A winner of the Grade II, 1 3/8 miles turf Del Mar Handicap three starts back on Aug. 23, the late running Big John B will again be handled by regular rider Mike Smith. Owned by Michael House, the 6-year-old gelding by Hard Spun is 30-11-5-4 overall with earnings of $482,805.Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca, an imposing physical specimen who won last year’s Last Tycoon in his first start for Ron McAnally, came off a nine-month freshening to run a close eighth, beaten 5 ½ lengths, in the one mile turf Thunder Road Stakes on April 4. A Group I winner in Argentina in March, 2012, 7-year-old Quick Casablanca is 20-4-7-5, with earnings of $612,830.Neil Drysdale’s Power Foot comes off a good third in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes on March 21 and he’ll get the services for the first time of Rafael Bejarano.The complete field for the Grade III Last Tycoon, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Big John B, Mike Smith, 122; Power Foot, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 122; Joes Blazing Aaron, Tyler Baze, 120; Play Hard to Get, Kent Desormeaux, 120; Si Sage, Elvis Trujillo, 120; Quick Casablanca, Gary Stevens, 120, and Abbey Vale, Tiago Periera, 120.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more