Boston Globe explains why it hasn't surfaced David Ortiz shooting rumors

Alex Reimer
June 24, 2019 - 12:48 pm

One of the downsides of being an owned by a multibillionaire with extensive business ties to local institutions is the conflict of interest question. For the Boston Globe, which is owned by John Henry, this dilemma arises whenever there’s unflattering Red Sox news. So it is unsurprising some questions are starting to arise about the paper’s coverage of David Ortiz’s shooting. 

It’s been 15 days since Ortiz was shot at close range in the lower back at a bar in his native Dominican Republic. He’s finally been moved out of intensive care at Mass General Hospital and seems to be on his way towards recovery. Big Papi underwent two extensive surgeries, one in Santo Domingo and another back in Boston, in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

Last week, Dominican authorities announced they determined Ortiz wasn’t the intended target of the apparent assassination attempt, contradicting some of their previous statements in court documents. The Globe, to its credit, has published at least three articles that question the Attorney General’s claim: Dan Shaughnessy’s column about the explanation’s lack of believability, interviews with Dominicans who doubt the authorities, and an explainer piece about the Dominican’s corrupt police force. But the Globe hasn’t surfaced any alternative theories about the motive, which have circulated elsewhere. Several outlets, including the Daily Mail and New York Post, have quoted anonymous Dominican sources who say Ortiz was carrying on a romantic affair with a drug kingpin’s wife. The woman, model Maria Garcia, is videotaped getting into an altercation with members of Ortiz’s entourage at the Santo Domingo hospital the night he was shot. Ortiz also purchased Garcia an $84,500 Lexus the day before the episode.

“Question for the @bostonglobe: have you established whether that $84,500 Lexus bill of sale and payment are authentic? Or that video showing an altercation outside Ortiz’s DR hospital room?,” tweeted WGBH correspondent Adam Reilly

In an email exchange with, Globe managing editor Jennifer Peter explained the paper’s decision to not publish any of the rumors –– yet. “We've obviously seen the same stories you have, but we don't surface rumors,” she replied. “We do reporting, which is ongoing in this case.”

With at least 11 suspects already arrested, this complex case is just getting started. But if authorities didn’t offer any additional information about Ortiz, the public will lose interest, if it hasn’t already.

There appears to be universal skepticism about the mistaken identity theory. But it could take an uncomfortable amount of digging to uncover any deep-seated truths. This high-profile shooting case involving one of Boston’s most beloved sports stars may forever be clouded in mystery.