Raji Didn't Test Positive

Well, SI.com perhaps will now officially retract its report regarding Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji.
Per a league source, Raji’s name did not appear on the list of players who tested positive for marijuana at the Scouting Combine.
Earlier this month, Tony Pauline of SI.com reported that Raji tested positive.  After Raji and his agents denied it, SI.com pulled the story. 
But SI.com didn’t retract the report.  Eventually, SI.com issued the following statement:  “We have investigated the claims of Mr. Raji’s agent and although we have several credible sources for the report we have decided to take it down while we continue reporting the story.”
Appearing on radio recently with Mike Dempsey of 1010XL in Jacksonville, Pauline declared:  “I stand by what my sources told me.”

24 responses to “Raji Didn't Test Positive

  1. Well, there goes the Packs shot at their NT of the future. Makes you wonder if a Packers scout was the one who planted the story in hopes he would fall to the Green & Gold.

  2. There should be punishment for reporters who incorrectly claim that players are substance abusers. This isn’t someone simply giving a team a bad draft grade; this reporter really put Raji in a bind and his draft stock fell.
    Pauline can stick by his sources all he wants, but his actions were grossly irresponsible, and really give reporters generally and SI specifically a black eye…

  3. Not a surprise, considering what actually passes for journalism these days. The only surprise is that the story wasn’t “broken” by the Boston Herald since they’ve got a track record for running with hersey and false stories without ever double verifying a thing.

  4. I’m glad to hear this because Raji is a very rare talent and a guy who I think can make a real difference for just about any team’s defense.

  5. 3 things I think I think that SI should think SI should be thinking:
    1) Jeez we are really messing with peoples lives here. Maybe as a sports magazine we should be more careful as athletes may be less willing to talk to us if we claim they are evil, child stealing, ESPN reading sodomites.
    2) Wait what? We actually pay Peter King?? Um…why?
    3) Rick Reily, look I dont know what we were thinking. Please come back.

  6. “There should be punishment for reporters who incorrectly claim that players are substance abusers. This isn’t someone simply giving a team a bad draft grade; this reporter really put Raji in a bind and his draft stock fell.
    Pauline can stick by his sources all he wants, but his actions were grossly irresponsible, and really give reporters generally and SI specifically a black eye… ”
    I agree 100%, when you accuse someone of failing a drug test you can cause them to drop significantly in the draft costing them millions. Its just completely irresponsible and people should either ignore these reporters or sue them for damages

  7. Raji gets snagged by the Chiefs I bet. Possibly the Browns if they decide to deal disgruntled Shaun Rogers.

  8. Be proud Florio,
    Your story accuracy track record is falling in line with ESPN and SI these days.
    But let’s face facts,you aren’t really doing a better job, everyone else is doing worse.

  9. This is fishy.
    THere was “reporting” 26 people listed on the positive test list, but now the official list only has 10. Raji isn’t on it.

  10. So Pauline claims the reports were “fake but accurate”? Maybe she should be paired with Dan Rather.

  11. Sure is easy to “stand by your source” when there’s no accountability for you or that source when making false allegations.
    Sports journalism died a long time ago- we’re left with sensationalist nonsense spewed by asshats that don’t give a sh*t.

  12. “i stand by what my sources told me”
    in the not too distant future he will get to
    ‘stand by his attornies’ while he is getting his
    ass sued off
    when you ask for it sometimes you get it si.com
    si.com apparently laid down with a dog (mr pauline)
    now they could get a big dose of fleas.
    thanks mr franklin

  13. wonder if Peter King is slobbing Pauline’s knob in his column this week for the progressive reporting??

  14. being a sports journalist or analyst has to be the easiest job in the world these days with the most security. if you get it wrong, who cares?

  15. The irony here is that PFT is claiming its unidentified “league source” has refuted SI.com’s report from its unidentified league sources.

  16. “I stand by what my sources told me.”
    -Tony Pauline
    “Its not a lie, if you believe it.”
    -George Costanza

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