So included among the various e-mail messages we receive here at PFT headquarters was a message from ESPN P.R. responding to our characterization of Chris Mortensen’s report during the 10:00 a.m. ET SportsCenter as requiring the Redskins to re-interview secondary coach Jerry Gray in order to comply with the Rooney Rule.
Said Kimberly Jessup of ESPN Communications: “This story was pointed out to me a short time ago and I wanted to provide some
clarification. Mort did not officially report this morning that the Redskins
will be required to comply with the Rooney Rule after [coach Jim] Zorn is fired. He had said
that may happen and that Gray may need to be interviewed again, but nothing was
officially reported otherwise a report would have been filed online to accompany
it. I am bringing this to your attention so that you may correct the report.”
Though on one hand I wish I’d recorded the 10:00 a.m. ET SportsCenter, on the other hand I have a clear memory of what Mort said, since I listened to it twice before writing up our blurb on the subject.
So I’ve asked Kimberly to forward the audio or video for my review before I decide whether I misunderstood Mort or otherwise screwed it up.
Meanwhile, why do we have a feeling that ESPN got a phone call from Dave Donovan today?
UPDATE: In a subsequent message, Kimberly Jessup said that Mortensen “is not sure exactly what he said, but he is not backing off of the report either.” She also said, “If you leave your story as first reported he doesn’t seem to have an issue with it.” So that settles it. We think.