ESPN's Adam Schefter says running completed story by Bruce Allen was 'a step too far'
Describing the decision to run his story, co-written with ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, past Allen as a “rare step,” Schefter said he did that because it concerned the “complicated subject” of a new NFL collective bargaining agreement that was nearing completion.
“It was a step too far and, looking back, I shouldn’t have done it,” Schefter said in the statement that was issued via ESPN PR’s Twitter account, which has approximately 8.5 million fewer followers his personal account.
The 54-year-old reporter, who has been with ESPN since 2009, is arguably the foremost disseminator of breaking news regarding the NFL. He said in his statement that “basically it’s a common practice to run information past sources.”
Some observers chided Schefter, though, for going past checking with Allen on a particular fact or …
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