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Mark Ingram Sr.’s lawyer praises Suzy Kolber

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On Monday I wrote about the controversy that followed Suzy Kolber’s ESPN interview with Mark Ingram Jr., who cried on the stage at the NFL draft after being read an e-mail from his father, the incarcerated former NFL player Mark Ingram Sr. Today I heard from Ingram Sr.’s lawyer, who put Kolber in touch with his client and who praised Kolber and ESPN for their handling of the interview.

“Suzy Kolber could not have been more professional and appropriate,” attorney James Neville said. “Sure, she was looking for a story, but isn’t that what journalists do?”

Some journalists, including Jeff Pearlman of Sports Illustrated and Pete Prisco of CBS, wrote that Kolber was trying to ambush Ingram Jr. by catching him at an emotional time with an emotional message from his father, but Neville said Ingram Jr.’s tears were tears of joy. Neville said he was proud to have played a part in arranging for Ingram Sr. to send an e-mail to Kolber that Kolber could read to Ingram Jr.

“Those wonderful, positive sentiments that were read by Suzy Kolber of ESPN to Mark, Jr. after he was selected by New Orleans were from an e-mail that Mark, Sr. sent to me, which I, sitting in Radio City, forwarded to Ms. Kolber,” Neville said. “I just loved it. Mark, Jr.’s mom, grandmother, and sisters had traveled to New York to be with him. Now, he had his Dad there, too.”

Ingram Sr. is scheduled to be released from prison in November 2014. He’s hoping to take in a Saints game then.

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  1. realitypolice says: May 4, 2011 9:42 AM

    That should end the nonsense surrounding what I thought was the single greatest moment of the entire draft.

    It won’t, of course. There are too many biases at work here (female sports reporter, media in general) to allow people to accept this at face value.

    So rant on, misogynists and media haters, reasonable people will remember the moment for what it was- a nice touch of humanity in an otherwise turbulent time for football.

  2. thereisalwaysnextyear says: May 4, 2011 9:49 AM

    Well if a felon’s lawyer says it’s ok, then it must be ok ;)

  3. waxthat says: May 4, 2011 9:54 AM

    Sure it was a touching moment…although, Mark Sr. shouldve thought about the time he was going to lose with his son before he committed money laundering and fraud. Wheres the accountability?…I miss you dawg ;(

  4. TheRealist says: May 4, 2011 9:54 AM

    It really only matters what Mark Jr himself thought of it.

  5. tundey says: May 4, 2011 9:57 AM

    I see both sides. But like Mark Ingram Sr’, I agree that this is what journalists do. They insert themselves into what might otherwise be private matters. Otherwise, how do we at home get to witness those events?

    As long as Suzy didn’t solicit Ingram’s dad to write the email.

  6. ntr0py says: May 4, 2011 9:59 AM

    The CONTENT of what Kolber read was completely positive and appropriate for the event.

    Its hard to believe that the people reacting negatively even listened to what she said.

    I don’t see how you can call that an ambush.

  7. jw731 says: May 4, 2011 10:19 AM

    Perhaps, yanno if Pop wasn’t in jail for fraud…His son would not be crying on national TV, and he could have celebrated the moment with him, you know, as most functional families would when their kid realizes his dream…..I guess that’s stuff of fairy tales though…

  8. breeshasabush says: May 4, 2011 10:30 AM

    “I miss you dawg”… LOVE IT!!!!!

  9. zoxitic says: May 4, 2011 10:52 AM

    Yeah, Barbara Walters was jealous.

  10. agelardi says: May 4, 2011 10:55 AM

    The only thing that matters is that it was Sr.’s intention for Ms. Kolber (or someone) to read the email to his son on tv at the moment he got drafted.

    If these journalists want to attack anyone, attack Ingram Sr. since it was his idea.

  11. dgforreal says: May 4, 2011 11:15 AM

    Take that!

  12. thevolcanokid says: May 4, 2011 11:18 AM

    At a moment of great, public accomplishment, a father publicly expressing how proud he is of his son is a great thing. Given the circumstances, this is what Ingram Sr. could do instead of hugging his son and voicing how proud he is.

    This is a public event and achievement. Mark Ingram Jr. wasn’t ambushed with horrible news. He was read words his father wished he could have been there to say in person.

    A great moment in the relationship of a father and son. A great moment in the draft.

  13. jlb10 says: May 4, 2011 11:25 AM

    I guess Jeff Pearlman of Sports Illustrated and Pete Prisco of CBS need to eat some crow

  14. savocabol1 says: May 4, 2011 12:08 PM

    The guy is in a federal prison sending emails and watching the draft. WOW.

  15. wheresmyjuice says: May 4, 2011 12:09 PM

    The only thing I didn’t like was the ridiculous “You can imagine what two men have shared” comment. It slightly soiled what should’ve been a legendary moment.

    However, that’s ESPN anchors in general. Trying to fill empty space with even emptier words. Vin Scully’s been doing it best for years…Less is more.

  16. whatswiththehate says: May 4, 2011 12:20 PM

    This is nothing more than media trying to undermine each other because someone who may not be as “in” got a “moment” story. Talk about a real cut-throat world of lies, spinnings and narcissism.

    You can look no further than the how the media has been handling the Bin Laden death to see how much everything is more about them and their moment and less about the story and public…SMDH

  17. dk56 says: May 4, 2011 12:39 PM

    Does anyone besides me not care one way or the other? Or am I that jaded??? lol

  18. jcgopack says: May 4, 2011 12:51 PM

    here is the point everybody seems to be missing: Sr. sent an email to his attorney, who then forwarded it to Kolber, who then read it to Jr. Anyone wonder why the email wasn’t sent directly to Jr. ?? hmmm. maybe it was & maybe Jr. wants nothing to do with Sr. ??!! putting him on the spot like that was wrong & very unprofessional !! Kolber & ESPN ruined this athlete’s special moment !!

  19. semperfi24 says: May 4, 2011 1:21 PM

    This doesnt bother me in any way, shape, or form. I was more annoyed by Von Miller’s overly dramatic, ssssssssslllllllllllooooooooowwwwwww walk to the podium. It isnt like he just won the lottery out of the blue. He was preparing to get drafted for the last 2 years. How could he not be prepared for the moment? Congrats, the hard work paid off, but this wasnt a surprise. I am concerned about whether or not the emotions will get the better of him on the field after seeing that

  20. paperlions says: May 4, 2011 5:17 PM

    jcgopack: it wasn’t sent directly to Jr because the sentiments were to be expressed to him at the moment he was drafted….not before, and not however many hours after when he got around to checking his email. Sr (or the lawyer) probably decided to do it through a reporter and not a family member so that it would be televised and Sr could witness the response (obviously, just guessing here) so that in some way he could share in the experience.

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