Clemons MIA in photograph

Friday, December 5, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:40 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

For $20, Missouri basketball fans can pick up a Missouri Basketball Yearbook at any of the Tigers’ home games. They can buff up on the program’s history, scout opponents and peek into Missouri’s recruiting tactics.

It’s what fans won’t be seeing in this year’s guide that’s making headlines.

A picture of the Tigers’ 73-70 win against Colorado at Hearnes Center appears as a two-page spread on pages 24 and 25 of the men’s basketball media guide. Former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons, however, disappeared from the original version of the image, shot by Columbia Daily Tribune photographer Ed Pfueller.

Pfueller captured forward Travon Bryant and shooting-guard Josh Kroenke celebrating the victory as Clemons was walking off the court. The doctored version in the media guide doesn’t show Clemons at all. Instead, the picture was manipulated in cut-and-paste-fashion so another piece of the crowd covered Clemons’ image.

Chad Moeller, Missouri’s director of athletic media relations, said the basketball team’s sports information director, Sam Fleury, headed production of the publication. Moeller said his department assumed it wasn’t restricted from making editorial decisions.

Tribune managing editor Jim Robertson approved the agreement with Missouri’s media relations team to use the photo, but he told the Associated Press how it was used stunned him.

“I think they should have known better,” he said. “We are putting into place procedures to assure that any use of our photos reflects our standard for the truth.”

The Tribune didn’t approve the picture’s manipulation, but the arrangement between Pfueller and the Missouri athletic department didn’t specifically address distorting the images.

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