Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Jason Cole has been breaking stories about the NFL for a few weeks and apparently a few coaches are not happy with the Yahoo reporter. First it was Bill Parcells who to umbrage with a story that Jason Taylor and the Dolphins were parting ways, and now it's Denver Coach Mike Shanhan who's pissed.....
The story added the security personnel were hired because "Broncos coach Mike Shanahan had been hiring spies to videotape Chargers practices." The story also said the NFL had been aware of the videotaping, that a league official had seen one of the tapes and no action was taken because the NFL had considered the matter "a team issue."I don't know Jason Cole so I don't have any reason to think he's making stuff up, and he seems to be sticking by his sources and stories which is good.
In a letter addressed to Yahoo senior NFL writer Jason Cole and sent to the company's corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale,
Calif., Shanahan's attorney, Harvey Steinberg, of Denver, called the paragraph regarding Shanahan in the original story "completely untrue and without foundation."
Copies of the letter also were sent to Yahoo CEO Jerry Wang, president Susan Decker, co- founder David Filo and executive vice president and general counsel Michael J. Callahan.
The letter goes on to say "Coach Shanahan has never engaged in any such practice, let alone even discussed the possibility of any such activities. As a result, this article is defamatory and libelous."
The ass kissing that reporters have to do at times to break stories amazes me and if Cole is going to disregard that practice to give us the facts, he may have just gained a reader. Plus getting a sued is one of my goals, so I need tips.
Shanahan denies spying allegation (Rocky Mountain News)
Parcells Disputes Yahoo! Claim (Phin Phanatic)