For SPORTS ILLUSTRATED to accept such a statement as fact and convey it to your readers as such is not only inaccurate reporting, at the very least, but also does a great disservice to your readers.
F. DON MILLER
United States Olympic Committee
In Bruce Newman's article The Race for Ralph (April 25) it was stated that Ted Stepien "once dropped softballs from a Cleveland skyscraper to promote his new slow-pitch league and subsequently paid $35,875 in damages to a woman whose wrist was broken by one of the balls."
Contrary to reports to that effect published at the time, the above statement is erroneous in several respects. Stepien was requested to perform the task not to promote his softball league but rather to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Terminal Tower, a Cleveland landmark, by reenacting a feat that had been performed by the Cleveland Indians many years before. Stepien steadfastly denied any liability throughout the ensuing litigation and, in fact, refused to pay any monies to compensate the injured party. The money to which you refer was paid by an insurance company that insured five defendants other than Stepien. Stepien never wavered from his position and ultimately paid nothing.
In the interest of fair reporting, I believe these errors should be corrected.
KENT B. SCHNEIDER
Hermann, Cahn & Schneider
Attorney for Theodore J. Stepien