Derek Jeter on new website: 'Not trying to eliminate sportswriters'

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Friday October 3rd, 2014

Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he isn’t looking to take jobs from sportswriters but reiterated that he wants professional athletes to communicate directly to fans.

Jeter launched a website, The Players’ Tribune, on Wednesday and on Thursday discussed it with “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon.

“This is not trying to eliminate sportswriters,” Jeter said. “Sportswriters are what make sports great and fun to watch. This is just another avenue for the athletes to use and express themselves."

Jeter enlisted the help of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, hiring him to serve as one of the site’s senior editors.

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Wilson wrote a piece about about domestic violence published Thursday, saying he was a bully growing up.

“In this day and age, I think athletes, they really like to share with the people, everything about them,” Jeter said. “I, personally, have not done that, and I personally will not do that. This is not about me, this is about an avenue for the players.”

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