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Sports Illustrated being sued over Ok. St. ‘exposé’

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Amidst the (well-deserved) adulation heaped on it for breaking the return of a Prodigal Hoops King to Ohio, Sports Illustrated received a little negative press as well Friday.

If you recall, an “exposé” was published by SI on the Oklahoma State football program back in September of last year that immediately had holes poked in it as well fun poked at it. Not so surprisingly, the “exposé” — it alleged illicit payments to players and drug use and hostess sex with recruits as well as academic frauddidn’t sit well with those in and around the OSU program.

According to the Associated Press, the magazine/website will now be forced to deal with and defend their own words in court.

Per the AP, an individual connected to the Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes has filed a lawsuit against the media entity based on a portion of the claims made in the “exposé.” In the SI piece, it was alleged that plaintiff John Talley, as the AP writes, “was wrongly portrayed as an overzealous booster who improperly paid OSU football players.”

The lawsuit was filed in Payne County (Okla.) District Court. The details of the suit, including any damages being sought, weren’t released.

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12 Responses to “Sports Illustrated being sued over Ok. St. ‘exposé’”
  1. cubano76 says: Jul 12, 2014 11:55 PM

    I have no problem with the law suit. But they better be able to prove SI wrong.

  2. derekgorgonstar says: Jul 13, 2014 2:13 AM

    Every issue of SI I read now has some sort of political lean to it, it’s getting pretty annoying to be talked down to from the moral high ground.

    I hope the pokes take them to the cleaners.

  3. bigmeechy74 says: Jul 13, 2014 3:55 AM

    Lol the guy that wrote it is an OU homer too. What a joke

  4. manik56 says: Jul 13, 2014 4:39 AM

    Not sure what else you would expect from Evans and Dohrmann. A couple of garbage writers who will believe anything they hear. SI reaps what they sew here.

  5. orthomarine says: Jul 13, 2014 7:23 AM


    Here’s why:

  6. wilburmills says: Jul 13, 2014 7:57 AM

    Might not be much fun for the Plaintiffs if they have to produce records, answer questions under oath from SI lawyers etc etc…better be able to withstand the scrutiny

  7. floridacock says: Jul 13, 2014 9:06 AM

    Well someone is going to look foolish here. If they are right, they are right………wrong and they will pay big time.

  8. wgward says: Jul 13, 2014 9:45 AM

    Never heard about this story until now. Way to keep it alive.

  9. eidolon21 says: Jul 13, 2014 10:53 AM

    There is a reason OSU didn’t sue>>they would have to testify in court under oath with questioning by SI attorneys. They sure don’t want to do that!

  10. Hard On For Harden says: Jul 13, 2014 12:47 PM

    Thayer Evans has been in need of a kick square to the jewels for quite some time

  11. cometkazie says: Jul 13, 2014 1:52 PM

    Imagine being held responsible for what you write?


  12. Deb says: Jul 13, 2014 4:15 PM

    Truth is not an absolute defense for libel. The issue is reckless disregard. If SI got it wrong but can prove they made every conceivable effort to get it right, they’ll be okay. On the other hand, if their story was accurate but their reporting was sloppy, they could have a problem. SI has to show they made a genuine step-by-step effort to find the truth in this story and didn’t just run to press without double- and triple-checking their sources.

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