ESPN’s Adam Schefter responded to criticism of his journalistic ethics over a ten-year-old email he sent to Washington football president Bruce Allen.
The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Schefter emailed a full draft of a 2011 NFL lockout story to Allen. Schefter wrote that he planned to file the story, but first asked Allen – who he referred to as “Mr. Editor” – if he saw “anything that should be added, changed, tweaked “.
“Fair questions are being asked about my approach to reporting on an NFL foreclosure story form 10 years ago,” Schefter said Wednesday in a statement released via ESPN PR. “Just to clarify, it is standard practice to verify the facts of a story with the source before publishing it in order to be as specific as possible. In this care, I have taken the rare measure to send the full story in advance due to the complex nature of collective bargaining.
Schefter said he deserved the review for the email.
“It was one step too far and, looking back, I shouldn’t have done it,” he said. “The criticisms are correct. Having said that, I want this to be perfectly clear; In no way have I ceded, or would cede editorial control or the final say on a story to anyone, ever.
The ESPN insider correspondence emerged from the findings of an NFL investigation into the Washington football team’s workplace culture.
“Without sharing all the details of the reporter process for a story from 10 years ago during the NFL lockdown, we believe nothing is more important to Adam and ESPN than providing fans with the most story. accurate, fair and complete, “the outlet said in a statement to the LA Times.
This week, Schefter reported on Jon Gruden’s resignation following emails using racist, homophobic and misogynistic language, which were uncovered in the same NFL investigation.
On Tuesday, lawyers for 40 former WFT employees issued a statement, calling on the NFL to release the full findings of its franchise investigation.