In my column Saturday, I said former UNC football coach Butch Davis should release records of his work-related phone calls. A judge has said Davis' phone records are public. Davis pledged to release the records in July but has changed his mind.
A reader said Davis' release of those records would violate his privacy. The reader wrote: "Your column, this Saturday, on calls made on Butch Davis's cell phone, while pertinent, ignores a very likely barrier to personal willingness to release such records: what happens to Davis's privacy on personal calls made on his cell phone? …How does he know that you will not begin grilling his personal and professional friends regarding the content of each call. What if he makes a lot of calls to his broker? What if he calls personal friends who are coaches and assistant coaches? What of old friends? New friends? Should they all be subject to scrutiny?"
Davis' privacy would not be violated. He would be permitted to redact personal calls from these records. This is what Davis said he would do in July:
“…So we'll redact, and I will go through it and things like my wife, my son, my dad, my sister, close personal friends and family members, those types of things. Anything that has anything to do with UNC and business, those will be completely open for public record."
There's no reason -- legal or otherwise -- for Davis not to release the records.