Staff dust-up, plagiarism dog ESPN
Don Ohlmeyer's 18-month tenure as ESPN ombudsman is scheduled to end next month, and should he write a final column or two, he won't have to look far for issues.
On Sunday, the Web site SportsbyBrooks
The Web site reported that ESPN tried to remove Franklin from the Chick-fil-A coverage that night but was unable to find a replacement in time. The network replaced Franklin for Saturday's Fiesta Bowl radio coverage with Dave Lamont.
"We made a late play-by-play change to the Fiesta Bowl radio team," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said in a statement to SI.com on Sunday. "We're not going to get into specifics other than to say adhering to our personal conduct policies and showing respect for colleagues are of the utmost importance to our company and we take them extremely seriously."
Edwards declined to characterize previous interactions with Franklin. She and Franklin worked together for much of the 2010 season and on occasion before this year.
Franklin, via an ESPN spokesperson, told SI.com on Monday: "I said some things I shouldn't have, and I'm sorry. I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl."
This isn't the first time that Franklin has apologized for his interaction with a female sideline reporter. In 2005, ESPN's then-ombudsman, George Solomon, wrote: "According to the
The Franklin-Edwards exchange was the second high-profile incident involving an ESPN on-air talent recently. Last week, ESPN anchor Will Selva was suspended
"I made a horrible mistake and I'm deeply sorry. I did not live up to my high standards or ESPN's," said Selva, who will not appear on the air in the near future. "I sincerely apologize for my sloppiness, especially to Kevin Ding, viewers and colleagues. In my 15 years in broadcast journalism, nothing like this has ever happened and I will make every effort to ensure it won't happen again."
The question remains whether ESPN (or Ohlmeyer) will investigate Selva to determine if this was a one-time occurrence or part of a pattern of plagiarism. Traditionally in newspapers, other staff reporters would be assigned to investigate such transgressions. (Here is how the