ESPN has to be fuming! Reports are out that “the worldwide leader in sports” missed the opportunity to break the Manti Te’o hoax story before deadspin.com did! ESPN decided to hold its story about the hoax involving Manti Te’o in hopes of getting an interview with him on camera. Unfortunately, they lost out due to several debates and arguments within the staff at ESPN.
“We were very close,” said Vince Doria, ESPN’s chief for news. “We wanted to be very careful.”
Now its too late. Dead spin beat them to the punch. Some inside the network argued that its reporters – who had initially been put onto the story by Tom Condon, Te’o’s agent – had enough material to justify publishing an article. Others were less sure and pushed to get an interview with Te’o, something that might happen as soon as the next day. For them, it was a question of journalistic standards. They did not want to be wrong.
I could only imagine how upset they are, the mere fact that they are sharing they had the story first proves they are salty as hell!
Read the rest of the story in the NEW YORK TIMES.