Rosenthal recently has coined a term for those instances when one ESPN reporter refutes a prior report from another ESPN reporter, dubbing it “ESPN-on-ESPN crime.”
We mention this because there has been another incident.
Earlier this week, Adam Schefter reported that the Bears have interest in unsigned Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson. On Friday, Len Pasquarelli had this to say on the matter, in the pay-only version of his weekly Tip Sheet: “There were reports from credible people this week that several clubs
have inquired about the availability of sixth-year San Diego wide
receiver Vincent Jackson, who has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender and
suggested he will not report to training camp. But unless folks are lying to us (and it certainly wouldn’t be the first
time), the Chicago Bears are not one of those teams.”
Pasquarelli’s report makes no specific reference to Schefter’s report, but the import is clear to anyone paying attention. Pasquarelli has contradicted Schefter, and either way ESPN is guaranteed to get this one right.