ESPN Personality Suspended For Something Besides Zipper Issues

Posted in Basketball, Sports Journalism, Sports TV at 12:30 am by

The O.C. Register’s Kevin Ding returned to his San Antonio hotel room Tuesday night after the Spurs beat Lakers, and was stunned to discover ESPN News anchor Will Selva introducing highlights from said contest with text lifted, word-for-word, from Ding’s Tuesday preview. Amidst reports he’s been suspended, Selva issued the following apology, as transcribed by Fanhouse’s Milton Kent :

Selva (above), who anchored the overnight “Highlight Express,” which repeated through the morning, used Ding’s sentences virtually verbatim to set up the game highlights. In a statement issued by ESPN, Selva said he had been researching stories from local newspapers, and came across Ding’s column. Selva said he cut and pasted the story into his script, but forgot to write his own words.

“I made a horrible mistake and I’m deeply sorry. I did not live up to my high standards or ESPN’s,” Selva said in the statement. “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.”

I think I speak for viewers across the nation when I say I’m deeply disappointed….this couldn’t have happened to Jonathan Coachman.

2 responses to “ESPN Personality Suspended For Something Besides Zipper Issues”

  1. Joel Totman says:

    I think that everybody makes mistakes and this is an honest one. But I also happen to be a big fan of Jonathan Coachman’s work. And for you to take a cheap shot at him in this article is unprofessional on your part. At least for 10 years in the WWE and now the last 3 on ESPN TV and Radio apparently enough people do like him. Jealousy is not a good shade on you. Maybe someday you can even dream about doing one Sportscenter.

  2. GC says:

    re : Coachman. “apparently enough people do like him”. Hey, there’s no accounting for taste. Surely it is possible to deeply dislike Coachman’s work — past and present — without coveting his job. Seriously, who in their right mind wants to be an ESPN anchor? You’re one drunken voice mail away from becoming a Deadspin punchline. My own job might be less celebrated than Coachman’s, but I don’t have to wear a suit, I don’t have to live in Bristol, CT, and best of all, I don’t have to share oxygen with Colin Cowherd. Coach oughta be jealous of me!

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