Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Considering the state of Sports Media these days it actually came as a surprise that ESPN would even address the issue, but they have. The Mag's online site took the time today to provide a clarification of Lane's role (to cover their asses) and make sure people knew that ESPN did not ask Lane to take her personal blog down. Here is a snippet....
In that post, Laura also posited that perhaps Mrs. Bryant lashed out at her for another reason, and then linked to a previously-reported rumor about her husband on another site of, um, lesser journalistic repute (you won't find this part in the LA Times or USA Today stories.)So there you have it. A person who writes a story for ESPN isn't an ESPN employee. Look I know what a freelance writer is, but her original story was featured on and ESPN sponsored website. It's good that someone has her back, but this "clarification" wasn't really even necessary if you ask me, and they're being defensive for no reason. Maybe ESPN got a different vibe from other media outlets, but I'm pretty sure most people understand/understood the difference between her personal site and her work for the "Leader". I'm also a little skeptical of the fact that they didn't tell her to take the article down, but I'll take their word for it.
Because Laura is associated—even tangentially—with our massive, yet beneficent, multi-national corporation, her personal blog post was taken by some to be "official" ESPN-approved content. It wasn't. But it turns out, some people don't bother making the distinction between the personal and the professional, especially when the line gets a little blurry.
As far as we're concerned, Laura didn't do anything particularly "wrong" other than assume her personal speech would be taken as just that: personal. Sadly, now she knows better.
We're sure there's a First Amendment point we could make here but we feel like we're in over our heads as it is. Suffice it to say, we remain big Laura Lane fans here at The Mag.com and we've got her back.
It's interesting that ESPN addressed it, but I think we would have been much better served with a statement from Lane herself.
(Oh, and yes.....that is a photo of Laura above with Perez Hilton and there's another one of her on the ESPN The Mag article. In case you care about that sort of thing.)
Update: Apparently this girl has been everywhere including E! Entertainment, USC TV and FOX Sports....
ESPNTheMag.com Contributor Makes, Breaks News! (ESPN The Magazine)