Chris Collins Said His Player Got Stitches at Purdue, When He Actually Didn’t


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Northwestern Coach Chris Collins put forth some fake news during his postgame news conference at Purdue. Following his team’s 74-69 loss in West Lafayette, Collins opened his media session by saying: “I gotta make it quick.”

“Dererk Pardon is getting stitches from (Isaac) Haas putting his elbow in his face. So I got to get back there, and he only shot three free throws.”

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Collins was asked if he was kidding about the situation with Pardon, and he replied: “No, he’s bleeding right now, Haas made a post move and put his elbow right through his mouth, but I guess we didn’t want to check the monitor for that one.”

Overall, it was an extremely short press conference (full audio at the bottom of the post), lasting barely three minutes, as it was clear that Collins really didn’t want to do the Q&A tonight.

Well, no one likes to lose, so it’s understandable that he was upset, but it is his job to face the media after each and every game, and to do so without giving false and also easily discredited information. Northwestern beat reporters interviewed Pardon, and found that he never got stitches, and wasn’t even bleeding.

The last Tweet is from Daily Northwestern reporter Ben Pope.

Here’s audio of the full Chris Collins session below:

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC and Chicago, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.

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