2018-05-01 / Opinion

Boys’ Basketball: Franklin vs. SK at Stamford

In response to the Corey Sparkes incident at the boys’ basketball game on Feb. 23, Franklin against South Kortright at Stamford school: I would like the truth to be known. I was there with my son and his two buddies and we sat right behind Corey Sparkes in the bleachers, yes close enough to see and hear everything. First, I would like to say shame on Lillian Browne and Katherine Sparkes for printing all those lies. And shame on the Walton Reporter and Randy for allowing minors’ names to be published in the Walton Reporter. Even though per Randy, the owner of the Walton Reporter he agreed it was not their practice to print minors’ names and it was wrong of them to do it, but they did nothing to correct the issue. The article written by Lillian Browne was very onesided and full of lies! I would be very interested to know how much Corey Sparkes lawyer paid Lillian Browne to print the lies! Thanks to Corey Sparkes a day of cheering on our Franklin basketball team turned into a nightmare. The whole game Corey Sparkes continued to bully, insult, belittle and swear throughout the game. At one point it got so out of control that Mrs. Dengler the South Kortright principal acknowledged the issue but chose to do nothing. By the end of the game Corey Sparkes was out of control yelling and screaming. That is when Sheriff Craig DuMond approached Corey Sparkes and calmly introduced himself and asked Corey to come with him. At that point Corey made it very clear with a few explicit words to Sheriff DuMond he did not care who he was and grabbed Sheriff DuMond. At that time several other people jumped in to help control Corey till the State Troopers came over and assisted. I just wanted to make it known to everyone what really happened as I was there and Katherine nor Lillian were present at the game.

Editor’s Note: Ms. Crane’s letter is in reference to an article that was published in the March 20, 2018 issue titled “Delaware County Sheriff Named Victim in Alleged Assault”. The Reporter does not publish names of minors when they have been arrested or convicted of a crime. In this particular case the minors were not arrested nor were they convicted of a crime; their names were made available as public record when they were listed on the felony complaint filed with the court by Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy Erwin. Making their names public allowed for their inclusion in our reporting. The Publisher advised Ms. Crane that while The Reporter was not wrong in listing the names of the minors, the article may have been just as effective without them. As for the article in question being one sided, we reported both sides of the case. The article included reporting on the details of the alleged assault as recorded on the felony complaint, comment from District Attorney John Hubbard and comments from the defendant’s attorney. The Reporter encourages letters to the editor and will continue to follow this story and provide factual information that the publication has become known for as a trusted source of news. ~Editor

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