Sometimes on the tennis or volleyball court, I’ll get a shooting pain in my left knee that forces me to stop and bandage up. When my opponents ask what’s wrong, I always give the same reply: “Old soccer injury.”
That answer is 100% accurate – even if it’s not 100% complete. I did tear my ligaments playing soccer and spent weeks hobbling around on crutches. What I don’t normally tell people is exactly how it happened.
I was in the 6th grade, playing fullback, while my friend Todd was in the goal. My team was dominating, so there was very little action at our end of the field, and Todd and I had plenty of time to discuss our favorite episode of “Batman.”
Suddenly one of my teammates yelled “Shot! Shot!” From the corner of my eye, I saw the incoming ball, so I sprinted full-speed in the same direction – and ran smack into the corner of the aluminum goalpost.
Clearly, the full story is much less sexy than the condensed version.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about full disclosure as I watch the unfolding scandal over phone hacking in the U.K. The news media are supposed to be the champions of truth, yet some reporters and editors were clearly telling the “sexy” stories that sold newspapers while withholding one very important fact – that they had obtained their information illegally.
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