ESPN Finds Mistakes In SI's Reporting

There is a real talent to doing investigative journalism. My first story in my professional career enlisted me to join the City of Wichita Falls, Texas sanitation department and ride a truck while being tailed by an unmarked news car with a photographer. There are certain aspects you have to adhere to in investigative journalism. Most important is documentation and proof.

Sports Illustrated spent 11 months putting its series together, and made numerous factual and research errors or simply didn't go the extra step in order to document the information they gained from interviewing former (and obviously disgruntled) players.

In just a couple days ESPN's reporter Brett McMurphy was able to come up with more solid documentation to prove Sports Illustrated wrong than the magazine's team of George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans were capable of coming up with in 11 months to prove their material was true.

McMurphy really put his reputation on the line with the story, as he is also an Oklahoma State graduate (although unlike me he is not an admitted homer). McMurphy knew he was treading on a career harming story.

However, in his uncovering of documentation that disputes much, if not all, of the information that former Oklahoma State safety Fath' Carter told Evans in an interview, and that material was used heavily in both Part I and Part II of the SI series "The Dirty Game."

What's dirty is how Sports Illustrated operated in putting together the series.

Click here to read McMurphy's story


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