You may have noticed it late Tuesday night, or early Wednesday morning, but ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter was trending on twitter. But unfortunately for Adam, it wasn’t for a story that he broke. Schefter was the latest victim in the Washington Football Team investigation by the NFL. This is the same investigation that found derogatory emails from Jon Gruden when Gruden was an employee at ESPN. The leaked emails cost Gruden his job as he resigned this past week.
Schefter’s emails were to then Washington executive Bruce Allen during the 2011 labor dispute.
“Please let me know if you see anything that should be added, changed, tweaked. Thanks, Mr. Editor, for that and the trust. Plan to file this to espn about 6 am. . . .”
The “story” is the fact that Schefter called Allen “editor” when trying to clarify quotes in a story. Schefter joined The John Kincade Show for his weekly hit and explained his side of things.
“I’ve learned for a long time in this business not to discuss sources, or the process, or how stories are done. But I would just say that its a common practice to run information past sources. And in this particular case, during a labor intensive lockout that was a complicated subject that was new to understand. I took the extra rare step to run information past one of the people that I was talking to. You know, it was an important story to fans; a host of others, and that’s the situation.”
Our own Bob Cooney backed him up on this. Bob, who was a Sixers beat writer for over a decade, defended Schefter saying he ran stories and quotes by sources often in order to make sure the story that was about to be printed was accurate. Schefter also discussed the Eagles and the upcoming game against the Bucs.
For the full interview click the link below.