Agent: Reporter published by accident

Ken Griffey Jr.'s agent told a Seattle radio station on Thursday a story about his client napping during a game was published prematurely by the Tacoma News Tribune.

Griffey's agent, Brian Goldberg, told KIRO Radio that Tacoma News Tribune reporter Larry LaRue was working on a story about Griffey and his performance this season. But LaRue accidently published his blog before finishing the story, the agent said.

Goldberg said LaRue felt badly about publishing the story without talking to Griffey and Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu. LaRue called the newspaper to try and retract the story.

The newspaper, Goldberg said, would not retract the story.

Darrin Beene, the News Tribune sports department leader, told the radio station the newspaper stands behind the story. Two unnamed Mariners players confirmed to the newspaper Griffey was asleep in the clubhouse during a game last week.

Beene put up a blog post on Thursday evening on the News Tribune website refuting the agent's take.

"As far as the issue of the blog post being premature, the information contained in the post remains up," Beene wrote. "It was the basis of the story we printed in Tuesday's paper. The idea that this information was such that it needed to be changed or deleted is simply not true."

LaRue posted statements from both Griffey and Wakamatsu denying the incident on Tuesday.

LaRue has not made himself available for comment.