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Newspaper Explains How It Reported That Baron Davis Had A Herniated Di*k

A grand time was had by one and all on Wednesday and many guffaws were guffawed when it was discovered that in a print version of Charlotte Observer‘s “Bobcats Gameday” notes report that New York Knicks point guard Baron Davis’ herniated disc injury was erroneously (and hilariously) reported as a herniated, um, man part.

Thankfully for us, Charlotte Observer‘s executive sports editor, Mike Persinger, provided a step-by-step explanation how the amusing gaffe was somehow not caught by editors and subsequently found its way onto the newspaper’s sports pages, surely to the delight of readers with a sense of humor and sadly to the chagrin of overly-sensitive subscribers.

Via Inside the NBA:

Observer reporter Rick Bonnell wrote the preview box, and in it he wrote that Davis, a former Charlotte Hornet, is recovering from a “herniated disc” in his back. The box was edited by an experienced copy editor, the reporter’s first line of defense, and moved along in the production process as written.

The next stop was a final read by a second editor, another experienced employee who recognized that “herniated disc” doesn’t conform to the newspaper’s style for that type of injury, and that it should be “herniated disk.” That editor tried to type in the correction, but ended up with an unfortunate typo.

Because part of that second editor’s job is to send stories to the typesetter, the typo was moved along without another set of eyes to catch the error, and that led to what you saw in today’s paper. And no doubt to a lot of snickering.

Baron, get well soon.

A simple mistake, which, while funny, really isn’t that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. A minor oversight likely to be quickly forgotten, although the account of how it all went down is certainly enlightening. It’s always interesting to get a firsthand account of how things operate behind-the-scenes — how the sausage is made, as it were — which is a perfectly fitting way to describe just what humorously occurred on the pages of the Charlotte Observer.

[Grazie, RandBall]