Bastian Schweinsteiger’s transfer from Manchester United to Chicago Fire was pretty big news last week.
But what made even bigger news was a question fired at the German midfielder during his unveiling in the Windy City.
“I’m wondering, Bastian, you just talked about Chicago developing a good Fire club, both you first and then for the coach. I wonder with your addition to this team is it a fair expectation to see a clear pathway towards a World Cup competition come out of Chicago?”
But the journalist has now broken his silence, explaining why he made the error and thanking Schweini for his understanding in an email to The Telegraph.
“I’m truly sorry if I offended anyone,” Derek Henkle said. “As a general assignment video reporter, I was seeking facts at a press conference.
“I get that I named the wrong trophy and greatly appreciate Schweinsteiger attempting to clean up the question for me. It was a classy move.
“My question missed its mark, but it has allowed me to become better educated on the ins and outs of soccer.
“I may have been one of the only general assignment guys in the room – but I believe, like a lot of Chicago, that Bastian Schweinsteiger’s arrival presents an amazing opportunity for those of us who want to experience soccer to more fully embrace the sport.
“I report on everything ranging from presidential politics to science – and I’m the first to admit that I don’t know everything, but I do ask.”
Fair play to Derek for speaking out. It would have been very easy to hibernate for a few months until it was all forgotten about, but that’s just not the way Derek rolls!
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