Turris writes open letter to Finnish fans after media flap

Here’s the last strange twist to the Kyle Turris Finnish experiment. Turris and his agent lashed out at the Globe and Mail yesterday over a freelance article written about the Senators centre’s time in Finland. Turris is quoted ripping the team, the city he played in, even the food. The Globe, after taking the article down to make a correction (it suggested he was still in Finland – he’s here), re-posted it. And this morning, Turris released this statement on his former team’s web site.

To Whom It May Concern,
I read an article in the Globe and Mail today regarding my experience in Oulu. It made me extremely upset that it was so negative, and that it had very inaccurate and untrue information. I really enjoyed my time in Oulu, and those who are around me know that. I want to make clear that the sole reason I left is because of personal reasons that required me to be home with my family. The entire Oulu organization treated me very well, and I feel terrible that people may now feel that I was not grateful to be a part of the organization. I know that I was very lucky to play for such an awesome organization that welcomed me with open arms and treated us very well. Everyone I met in Finland, the coaches, management, fans and people of Oulu were all very nice and made my time there a memorable one. I was also lucky to have great teammates, with whom I have made good friendships. For all this I am very thankful and wish the Karpat organization great success in the future.
Sincerely,
Kyle

Although the Turris quotes were out of character for someone normally reserved when speaking to the press, Turris doesn’t exactly say what the issue is. He doesn’t say he was misquoted, or that he thought he was having a casual conversation, or really anything about why he thought the piece was ‘untrue.’ Today’s journalism lesson: Always tape your interviews. If the writer has that, this is all moot.

Moving on…

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