TweetGate: Mortensen Finally Deletes Original DeflateGate Tweet
According to Mike Florio's report as of sometime Tuesday morning, Chris Mortensen's original "11 of 12 balls were under-inflated" tweet that set off the DeflateGate shit storm was still live. Sometime shortly after that he finally deleted it.
Now that he has belatedly deleted the tweet, the question remains as to why his original Jan. 21, 2015 article published with that first fateful report is still live and without correction on ESPN.com.
Since it has come to the light that the false report regarding the significant under-inflation of 11 of 12 New England Patriots game balls in the the AFC Championship game was leaked from inside the NFL to ESPN's Mortensen, he has been the subject of many questions and deserved scrutiny. The most important issue that he had failed for months to accurately address is why he never apologized and corrected the misinformation (to put it mildly) either via Twitter or in his article. After cancelling a scheduled appearance on WEEI radio in Boston he offered some vague and unsatisfying answers in a Monday interview with Dan Le Batard.
Deleting the tweet is all well and good, but without a new tweet and official correction of the story after nearly seven months it can hardly be seen as anything other than damage control. It's time for that story on ESPN.com to be amended and for Mortensen to address it head on.