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When there’s major breaking sports news, how to react is always a challenge for leagues, news organizations and more. The news of Tiger Woods’ injuries in a single-car crash Tuesday led to a lot of discussion about sports networks being slower to get to live coverage than news networks, but it also led to a lot of discussion about the PGA Tour deciding to press ahead with a Justin Thomas virtual press conference (initially supposed to be about the WGC-Workday Championship at Concession Golf Course in Bradenton, Florida this week) 15 minutes after Thomas heard the news about Woods.

© Provided by Awful Announcing Justin Thomas on Tiger Woods.

There are arguments on both sides there. The big takeaway from that press conference was what Thomas had to say about Woods, one of his closest friends, and the presser did give him a platform to do that. But there’s also a case that the Tour should have just cancelled that presser given the timing of the Woods news, as it’s asking a whole lot of Thomas to do a big media interview minutes after finding out this news about his friend. It’s a tough balance to strike, and probably the best approach is to go with whatever the interviewee wants, whether that’s pressing on or postponing.

In the end, though, it wasn’t the press conference itself that sparked the most notable blowback. What really drew backlash was the way a reporter followed up Thomas’ emotional response to a Woods question with a question…about the greens at Concession.

"I'm sick to my stomach."

Justin Thomas reacts to the news of Tiger Woods being injured after a single-car crash.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 23, 2021

Justin Thomas was just asked about Tiger's crash.

"I'm sick to my stomach," he said with tears in his eyes. "It hurts to see one of your closest friends get in an accident. I just hope he's all right. Just worried for his kids."

He was then asked about the greens this week.

— Mike Cole (@MikeColeNESN) February 23, 2021

Now doesn't seem the time to be asking Justin Thomas about greens.

— Jake Thompson (@JakeThompsonOE) February 23, 2021

That really doesn’t seem to be the moment for a question unrelated to Woods. If the Tour and Thomas were going to go on with this presser even after the Woods news, it would have seemed to make sense to just give Thomas a space to talk about this however he wanted to. Reacting to his emotional response with a question on something completely different isn’t reading the room, and it’s not a good look.

There’s often a perception of members of the sports media as callous to what’s actually going on with the athletes they cover. That perception isn’t always fair; yes, there are absolutely some people who give credence to that, but there are many who treat athletes as human beings first and athletes second. But moments like this where a heartfelt emotional response to a serious situation gets derailed by a banal question about something else only add to the perception of a callous media. And it would be nice to see less of these moments, even if it means not immediately finding out Thomas’ thoughts on the greens this week.

[Yahoo Sports; photo from Mike Cole on Twitter]

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Justin Bieber wants “one less lonely girl” — and guy, and everyone in between — in the world.

The 26-year-old pop star announced the release of his sixth studio album “Justice” on social media Friday, along with a lengthy dedication to all the “people feeling helpless” in the world in 2021.

The “Anyone” singer somberly addressed fans in a Twitter thread.

“In a time when there’s so much wrong with this broken planet we all crave healing and justice for humanity,” said Bieber, who married Hailey Baldwin in 2018. “In creating this album my goal is to make music that will provide comfort, to make songs that people can relate to and connect to so they feel less alone,” he posted.

“Suffering, injustice and pain can leave people feeling helpless. Music is a great way of reminding each other that we aren’t alone. Music can be a way to relate to one another and connect with one another.”

“Justice,” out March 19, is expected to feature Bieber’s three most recent singles, including “Holy” featuring Chance the Rapper and “Lonely” with Benny Blanco. No further details about the album or additional collaborators have been announced.

Despite Bieber’s statement of goodwill, his spiritual mutuals have been under close scrutiny, by the media and law enforcement officials. Last year, it was revealed that Bieber’s religious confidante, ex-pastor Carl Lentz, had been ousted from the star-studded Hillsong Church where he preached over “moral failures” — adultery among them.

Justin Bieber on “Justice” release: “This is me doing a small part.”GC Images

Bieber later distanced himself from his longtime pal — and the man who baptized him in 2015 — and proclaimed in January that the global Hillsong congregation is “NOT MY CHURCH.”

Nevertheless, Bieber’s tweets tied to “Justice” suggest he’s navigating his own unique path to enlightenment.

“I know that I cannot simply solve injustice by making music but I do know that if we all do our part by using our gifts to serve this planet and each other that we are that much closer to being united,” he continued in his message to fans.

“This is me doing a small part. My part. I want to continue the conversation of what justice looks like so we can continue to heal.”

The new record is available for pre-order at Target, Amazon and the artist’s website.

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