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ESPN will play tape for Bowe, but not for the public

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe says he was misquoted by ESPN The Magazine in a story that detailed how the Chiefs arrange for “a girl in every room” of the team hotel. The folks at ESPN The Magazine say that if Bowe wants to hear for himself that he wasn’t misquoted, they’ll gladly play him the tape.

I spoke with ESPN The Magazine editor Gary Belsky and asked him to play the tape of Bowe’s interview for me, but he declined. He also said ESPN wouldn’t publicly broadcast the tape.

But Bowe does have a standing invitation to listen to the tape — an invitation he’ll likely decline, as he’d prefer to see this story go away.

Personally, I think ESPN should make the full audio of the Bowe
interview available so ESPN The Magazine readers can decide for themselves whether the magazine accurately quoted Bowe. Apparently that won’t happen.

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24 Responses to “ESPN will play tape for Bowe, but not for the public”
  1. GB3Pack4 says: May 28, 2010 8:54 AM

    ESPN’s standing invitation to Bowe to listen to the tape, and their decision not to publicly broadcast it, is the right way to go. Bowe’s declining to listen to it likely comes from already knowing what’s on it.

  2. dbartdog says: May 28, 2010 8:54 AM

    I know these are young guys….some just barely out of their teens…but someone (Agent perhaps), has to tell them that every word they utter can and will be used against them!

  3. Bdrunk says: May 28, 2010 8:56 AM

    Sounds like they don’t want their story to face scrutiny from more than a dumb football player.

  4. DeuceDeuce13 says: May 28, 2010 9:07 AM

    Hey! Some class from espn! Doing exactly what they should do. Let’s not blow it out of proportion, but let him know, that we know, he’s full of it

  5. DeuceDeuce13 says: May 28, 2010 9:08 AM

    Hey! Some class from espn! Doing exactly what they should do. Let’s not blow it out of proportion, but let him know, that we know, he’s full of it

  6. shoe says: May 28, 2010 9:18 AM

    What is Tebow’s opinion?

  7. IndyColt45 says: May 28, 2010 9:26 AM

    Not playing the tape publicly makes me assume that they do not have a tape, and are hoping that Bowe doesn’t call their bluff and make them play the tape for him.
    Makes me think about canceling my subscription.

  8. The Real Shuxion says: May 28, 2010 9:55 AM

    ESPN The Magazine readers
    ——————————————————
    They will be too busy reading those ummmm…. ‘entertaining’ articles from Mike and Mike.

  9. Clark says: May 28, 2010 10:03 AM

    So, let me see if I understand this. ESPN is saying publicly have a tape that will vindicate them, but they will not play it. They will tell everyone they have it, make a big issue of it, but not play it? Sports journalism? That’s an oxymoron. They should have said “we stand by our story” and been done with it. They are being to cute by half.

  10. gavinmac says: May 28, 2010 10:10 AM

    Remember when Harry Reid was quoted in a book saying Obama had “no negro dialect?” He took his lumps like a man. He didn’t claim he was misquoted, that the quote was fabricated, etc.
    Young athletes have no respect for the press or for the truth. If they get caught saying something stupid or incriminating, they will then claim that they were “misquoted” or “quoted out of context,” even when they know they weren’t. They’ll perpetuate that lie until a tape is played proving that they are lying about being “misquoted.”
    ESPN the Magazine should play the tape. It will send a clear message to other athletes that there is no benefit to attacking the integrity or competence of a reporter whenever they are quoted saying something dumb.

  11. hey-seuss says: May 28, 2010 10:17 AM

    Bowe is an idiot. ESPN will not publically air the tape b/c they are classy. You want it to be aired for the public b/c you are an ‘assy’.

  12. Hail2ThaRedskins says: May 28, 2010 10:24 AM

    ESPN should not play the tape publicly unless Bowe gives his consent. Bowe knows what he said or didn’t say. If he didn’t say it, he would file suit. If he chooses not to pursue ESPN in a civil suit, there is no reason for ESPN to play the tape publicly and further humiliate Bowe.
    (And for anyone questioning whether ESPN actually has a tape or not, get real this was an interview and Bowe knows whether or not he was being recorded. ESPN was politely reminding Bowe that the interview was recorded with his consent.)

  13. Florio-is-a-tool says: May 28, 2010 10:28 AM

    hey-seuss, ESPN classy? Really? I agree with their actions in this instance but they lost that moniker a long time ago.

  14. FergusonQB12 says: May 28, 2010 10:31 AM

    This is just plain stupid. Great school is LSU. Yesterday he apologized to “the Clarks” for all this. The Chiefs are owned by the Hunts–read ‘Clark’ Hunt. This is his 4th year in KC!!!! He also commented how much he liked playing for Charlie “Rice.” Three times! Just a plain ignorant human being who’d be working at a car wash if not for football.

  15. Joe says: May 28, 2010 10:50 AM

    i think your the only one that wont let the story go away…

  16. mama tried says: May 28, 2010 10:52 AM

    who cares, KC will blow again, imports or not!!
    4th in the west is my prediction.

  17. kpweaver27 says: May 28, 2010 10:59 AM

    I’m laughing so hard at these guys saying ESPN isn’t airing the tape because they’re classy. It’s because it’s Dwayne Bowe! If this were Terrell Owens, Michael Vick, Reggie Bush, etc…they’d have an hour long intro to the tape with six analysts. Chris Mortenson would tell me how this tape affects free agency. It’s a dull story from a dull player, really. To act that surprised means people think other teams don’t do this. This isn’t even half as bad as the Vikings boat incident.
    Truthfully speaking, ESPN is setting themselves up for criticism here by saying they have proof but won’t share it. That just makes them seem like liars to not even play it for the media on top of that. All of these people saying ESPN did the right thing, why? What reason do they have to not show it? Bowe knew he was being taped. If some news organization handled a politician this way they’d be chastised for withholding the truth.

  18. ZombieRevolution says: May 28, 2010 11:08 AM

    “Personally, I think ESPN should make the full audio of the Bowe interview available so ESPN The Magazine readers can decide for themselves whether the magazine accurately quoted Bowe.”
    And some of your readers want to hear directly from your source to see if Steve Smith really called Jimmy Clausen a punk or if your source is the team towel boy and suspect at best. But that’s not going to happen either.

  19. KC_Vols says: May 28, 2010 11:14 AM

    He is dumber than a box of rocks. Send him to Denver!

  20. dybzinski says: May 28, 2010 11:53 AM

    How is ESPN classy? This makes no sense… what’s the difference between TYPING it out to read and PLAYING the tape to hear??
    It’s the same exact quote isn’t it?? Or was it that ESPN stretched the truth or Bowe said much worse before ESPN edited it down… hmmmm

  21. BroncFanOr says: May 28, 2010 12:19 PM

    Maybe Bowe is just mad because he wanted a guy in his room.

  22. DeuceDeuce13 says: May 28, 2010 12:50 PM

    If they air him actually saying that, wouldn’t that put Bowe in legal trouble?

  23. texasPHINSfan says: May 28, 2010 2:29 PM

    Bowe sucks at discretion, no surprise he sucks at damage control too

  24. fleadh says: May 28, 2010 3:00 PM

    Hey Michael David Smith, I can’t believe you’re arguing that ESPN has some kind of obligation to play this publicly.
    What a horrible precedent.
    Does this mean we shouldn’t trust what you report unless we hear a tape of it? Coz that’s the foxhole you’re going down. You’re basically insinuating ESPN might not have done a good job reporting job.
    People gotta trust professionals to do their jobs. And we do it in other walks of life.
    Otherwise every asshat can claim they were “misquoted”.

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