Peter King Lost His Mind Over Bleacher Report Using His Tom Brady Quote

Peter King Lost His Mind Over Bleacher Report Using His Tom Brady Quote
  • Tanya Ray Fox

Today’s media landscape is such that it’s become almost impossible to remain the sole possessor or source of news for very long. Everything is so easily distributed across the internet that even celebrity writers have their stuff poached without proper attribution sometimes.

That doesn’t make it right, but it happens.

The best we can hope for as writers is that the honest news sources correct their mistakes, and that the dishonest ones don’t get their grimy paws on our content. So while holding others accountable for proper attribution is incredibly important, it’s not the life or death debacle that MMQB‘s Peter King described in his over-the-top Twitter tantrum on Monday.

His meltdown was inspired by this since deleted tweet from Bleacher Report, which quoted Tom Brady in his exclusive interview with King.

As you’ve probably noticed, there’s no attribution to King or MMQB, which is definitely a bad look. It’s also a rare mistake on Bleacher Report’s part, who did cite Brady’s quote properly in their article but not in the graphic on Twitter.

As Deadspin pointed out in their post, Bleacher Report is usually meticulous about citing sources and they’re notorious for their willingness to link to other sites that could be considered competition. In fact, this very site has benefited many times from Bleacher Report picking up and linking to our stories.

Nevertheless, King had a field day playing victim on Twitter.

Of course, after deleting the original post, Bleacher Report issued a straightforward apology for the misstep, apparently prompting the man baby to take three deep breaths and calm the hell down.

At the end of the day, King could easily have corrected the issue with a mention or DM requesting that they fix it. He could even have added in a stern “please don’t make this mistake again.” That would’ve been acceptable.

Instead he behaved like a self-righteous, petulant child. It was all a little much.

Tanya Ray Fox

Tanya Ray Fox is a sportswriter and producer who has worked for nearly 7 years in both digital and television sports media. She has previously worked in TV production experience for Comcast SportsNet New England, NFL Network and Time Warner Cable Sports. In addition to her work for SportsGrid and appearances on the affiliated FNTSY Sports Network, she is also a contributor for USA Today's Rams Wire.