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ESPN releases statement on Feldman, prays gullible swallow it whole

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At 7:16 p.m. ET Thursday, SportsByBrooks.com posted a story on ESPN indefinitely suspending highly-respected college football writer Bruce Feldman for his participation in Mike Leach‘s new book, Swing Your Sword.

Shortly after that story broke, both Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports.com and Richard Deitsch of SI.com received “no comments” from the network after asking for confirmation to Brooks’ story.  CFT sent three different emails to ESPN seeking a confirmation/denial on the story, but those missives went unanswered.  In fact, there were zero on- or off-the-record comments from the network on the situation to anyone that we are aware of even as #freebruce and “Bruce Feldman” nearly blowed upthanks, Emmitt — Twitter, until…

At a little after 3 p.m. ET Friday, and nearly 20 hours after the story first broke, ESPN released a statement on Feldman’s status.  And, apparently with a straight face and everything, claimed there was never a situation in the first place.  The following is ESPN’s official statement on the uproar, although we’d strongly urge donning a pair of quality hip waders before reading:

“There was never any suspension or any other form of disciplinary action. We took the time to review his upcoming work assignments in light of the book to which he contributed and will manage any conflicts or other issues as needed.   Bruce has resumed his assignments.”

Additionally, ESPN released a companion video to accompany the written statement:

Of course, all ESPN’s “statement” did was lead to additional questions, namely…

If there was never any suspension or disciplinary action taken against Feldman, why did it take ESPN and its myriad mouthpieces and platforms nearly a full day to address something that one ESPNer labeled a “danger [of Twitter]: rumor presented as fact.”

If there was never any suspension or disciplinary action taken against Feldman, why were “no comments” given to major media outlets seeking information on the reported suspension?  If one of the dangers of Twitter is rumor being presented as fact, why was it allowed to sit out there and grow when there were many members of the media willing to put out the fire of false speculation?

If there was never any suspension or disciplinary action taken against Feldman, why was it necessary to note that “Bruce has resumed his assignments”?

If there was never any suspension or disciplinary action taken, why has Feldman, who has not gone a single day without tweeting at least once since before Dec. 1 of last year, gone Twitter dark since the evening of July 13?

Of course, we’ll never get any answers to these questions, or any others that have evolved from this latest black eye for the network.  Instead, all we’ll get is the same thing we’ve gotten from the World Wide Leader for more than a decade when it comes to internal hypocrisy…

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14 Responses to “ESPN releases statement on Feldman, prays gullible swallow it whole”
  1. jaggedmark says: Jul 15, 2011 4:31 PM

    Feldman tweeted everyday for the last two years, but hadn’t/hasn’t tweeted during the last 24 hours.

    Yet this was all a big misunderstanding.

    Yeah, right.

  2. jaggedmark says: Jul 15, 2011 4:34 PM

    ESPN has heard so many athletes backtrack with: misquoted, misunderstood, taken out of context, this was all a big misunderstanding (bullshit), they thought they would try the tactic themselves.

    Well, nobody is buying that you dumbasses.

  3. thatcase says: Jul 15, 2011 4:36 PM

    Damn, Rupert owns ESPN, too?

  4. Deb says: Jul 15, 2011 11:04 PM

    ROFL … those glam guys are hilarious. I mean the singers on the youtube clip, not the ESPN spinners. They’re just sad. If I were Feldman, I’d be wary of turning my back on them.

    Wouldn’t it be easier to ditch Craig James than to keep taking out hits on all these people on his behalf? Gee, I’d love to see the dirt he must have on his colleagues.

  5. Joe Bodolai says: Jul 15, 2011 11:41 PM

    Wow, nice to see CFT writing like this. Reminds me of somebody. Oh. Yeah. Me.

    Like the new attitude.

  6. Joe Bodolai says: Jul 15, 2011 11:45 PM

    Wow, nice to see CFT writing like this. Reminds me of somebody. Oh. Yeah. Me.

    Like the new attitude. Too bad I can’t link to my blog but I’ll definitely tweet this.

  7. John Taylor says: Jul 16, 2011 12:18 AM

    Joe: anyone connected to SNL and Kids in the Hall can feel free to pimp their blog anytime they want around these parts.

  8. whatswiththehate says: Jul 16, 2011 12:26 AM

    Maybe it took those at ESPN 20 hours to respond because they had a hard time believing they were even being challenged in the first place. After-all, they are the one who control the stories, not become one of the stories.

    ESPN is a victim of it’s own doing..Everyone in the sports world now mimicks their style of news telling. Oh well.

  9. Joe Bodolai says: Jul 16, 2011 12:30 AM

    Thanks but this is a great post. Like I said, check out my college football category at

    http://qualityshows.wordpress.com

  10. mdnittlion says: Jul 16, 2011 1:08 AM

    @ Deb

    I’m shocked you would want Craig James out of ESPN, I mean the guy is a legend remember that National Championship he won in college wait according to google that never happened, how about being drafted high into the pros wait my bad just found out he was picked in the 7th round in the USFL, now I remember he totally dominated Super Bowl XX runnig all over the 85 Bears defense sorry just got off ESPN’s website apparently he rushed 5 times for 1 yard.

    So other than being the second or third best running back in the history of the second or third best team in conference USA I have to idea why he’s so famous well other than the Death Penalty.

  11. jhorton83 says: Jul 16, 2011 3:12 AM

    ESPN is just painfully clueless. Does ANYONE like Craig James or respect his opinion? Anyone? And yet they go to incredible lengths to protect him from the slightest criticism as if he’s some kind of valuable asset. ESPN shoves their “personalities” down people’s throats whether the audience likes them or not. Such as how they continue to employ Skip Bayless, aka the shouting douchenozzle, despite the fact that it’s impossible to listen to him without getting a searing headache.

  12. Deb says: Jul 16, 2011 10:12 AM

    Oh, mdnittlion, how could you mention the Death Penalty in connection to such an upstanding fellow as Craig James? That was all Dickerson’s fault ;)

  13. metalhead65 says: Jul 16, 2011 1:42 PM

    you had to include that awful song and video(no I did not watch it) for what reason? it is crap like that made me a proud “hair” metal lover.

  14. overratedgators says: Jul 16, 2011 7:30 PM

    Best thing about that picture? On the iPhone app, it’s coupled with a little banner reading “TOP”.

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