Walsh was a guest at a University of Maryland class taught by former ESPN ombudsman George Solomon. According to Maryland senior Mark Sanchez, who was in the class, the students were permitted to ask two questions apiece: one related to something they liked about ESPN, and another related to something they didn’t like.
“I was very annoyed,” Sanchez told me, “because a lot of it was, like, ‘I love 30 for 30,’ or, ‘I love X about ESPN.’”
So, Sanchez decided to take a different tack: He asked about Lynn Hoppes. Hoppes, in case you’re unfamiliar, is the ESPN.com senior writer who plagiarized from Wikipedia at least a dozen times. Months after our initial posts about the plagiarism, his stories remained unchanged. So we asked three respected media critics—Jack Shafer, Dan Okrent, and David Carr—to weigh in as well. “If I were them,” Okrent told us, “I would be embarrassed.”
Back to Sanchez: “I was actually the last person to ask a question, so there wasn’t much time left,” he told me. “And I brought you up and Deadspin and said, ‘What response do you have to this?’ He cut me off in the middle and said the whole Hoppes-and-you situation revolved around a girlfriend dispute—that Hoppes had apparently stolen your girlfriend a while back. And all the Hoppes information you guys posted about was months and months old and it only resurfaced because of that controversy.”
My … girlfriend? Well, about that. I’ve never had a girlfriend. I am gay, gay, gay. So gay. Don’t believe me? Ask my real-life human-being boyfriend!
But obviously Walsh was joking, right? “There was a zero percent chance he was joking about it,” Sanchez said. The room had gone silent, according to the student, and Walsh seemed “physically annoyed” by the line of questioning.
ESPN is that one constant in our lives as sports watchers, but the men and women who run it are some weird people…
Posted: December 06, 2012 at 02:04 AM | 52 comment(s)
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