Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork wrote a letter to the editor in the Wednesday’s Commercial Appeal detailing his thoughts on the newspaper’s decision to use a photograph of defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche on the ground with a concussion.
The headline “Smash Hit” was displayed above the photo and was the marquee piece of the paper’s coverage of Memphis’ 37-24 win against Ole Miss last Saturday.
“The discussion around head injuries in sports is widespread, and we strive to be a leader for awareness and safety,” Bjork wrote. “In fact, we are hosting the ‘Neuroscience and Learning: Healing the Injured Brain’ conference in Oxford this week.
“Concussions and head injuries are extremely serious, and it’s unfortunate that you would use your platform to sensationalize them.”