Local TV news stations can be excused for touting their scoops - especially during sweeps month - but News10 went
way, way a wee bit overboard Tuesday night when reporting the latest about Kings' center Justin Williams.
Teasing the story at the top of News10's 11 p.m. show, anchor Dale Schornack intoned: "We break the news to the Sacramento Kings' Justin Williams that he will not face criminal charges...."
Then, in introducing sports guy Bryan May with the story, anchor Cristina Mendonsa crowed that News10 broke the story online, on TV and to Williams - as if we forgot what Schornack had said just a few minutes before.
And then, May comes on and talked about breaking the news to Williams: "He was pleasantly surprised is a good way to describe it, when our camera crew showed up. Justin Williams was at his Natomas home tonight when he found out - from us - that the Sacramento County District Attorney's office had decided not to file criminal charges (in a sexual assault complaint)."
And then...Williams gives this sound bite: "You're the ones who gave me the news, so I just had to call my lawyer to make sure."
This much is sure: No one will accuse News10 of being overly modest in its Kings reporting.