Mike Lupica “has a habit of running talented writers away from his paper” charges The Big Lead, shortly before blowing the lid off a tale that holds the Daily News’ veteran bore responsible for Lisa Olson’s resignation earlier this week. More on the matter from the New York Post’s Keith J. Kelly :
Insiders said Olson was originally assigned to do a story on the Giants place kicker Lawrence Tynes, who went from goat after missing two late game field goals to hero when he made the final one to win the NFC Championship in overtime.
At the last minute, Olson was told to drop her Tynes line, apparently because Lupica, dashing for a private plane to fly him and his kids back East, said he was doing a similar story about the Scottish-born kicker.
The last-minute switch meant Olson also had to file a new story, which arrived late. Lupica, meanwhile, wrote about Tynes in his story, but never quoted him. When the Snooze doled out its Super Bowl press credentials to 21 people last week, Olson was not among those chosen, despite having covered football all season long, traveling with either the Giants or Jets.
Lupica, by comparison, didn’t begin showing up at Giants games until the playoffs, according to sport department sources.