Why Did SportsCenter Apologize To The Patriots Last Night?
Jake ODonnell 09:11 am, August 20th, 2015
There's quite a bit of confusion among football fans regarding the particulars of the Spygate scandal, which is unfortunate, because it makes the New England Patriots out to be the kind of monsters who would illegally film their opponents' practice leading up to Super Bowl XXXVI. As it turns out, the New England Patriots are anything but that. They're the kind of upstanding, rule-abiding organization that illegally films New York Jets coaching signals during live games. Get it right.
Shame on you, Boston Herald. Shame on you and your unsubstantiated reporting.
"On Feb. 2, 2008, the Boston Herald reported that a member of the New England Patriots' video staff taped the St. Louis Rams' walk-through on the day before Super Bowl XXXVI. While the Boston Herald based its Feb. 2, 2008, report on sources that it believed to be credible, we now know that this report was false, and that no tape of the walk-through ever existed.
"Prior to the publication of its Feb. 2, 2008, article, the Boston Herald neither possessed nor viewed a tape of the Rams' walk-through before Super Bowl XXXVI, nor did we speak to anyone who had. We should not have published the allegation in the absence of firmer verification.
"The Boston Herald regrets the damage done to the team by publication of the allegation, and sincerely apologizes to its readers and to the New England Patriots' owners, players, employees and fans for our error."
Apparently ESPN didn't get the memo (though they did report on The Herald's flub in 2008), seeing as "SportsCenter" has been operating under the assumption that Spygate involved the St. Louis Rams Super Bowl walk-though when it did not. At 12:20 a.m. EST on Thursday, Steve Levy issued an apology on behalf of the Network for citing the erroneous report on two occasions. Awkward...
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