The folks at TMZ tend to send out e-mails to the media whenever they have an “exclusive” story, including for example the fact that three Steelers players recently went to a restaurant in Cincinnati and purchased a bunch of ribs. (Seriously, that was a story.)
Early Wednesday, TMZ sent out via e-mail an item regarding a lawsuit filed in Florida by a man who claims that he has been harassed by fans of former Gators and current Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow because the man has spoken out against Tebow.
It’s unclear why Tebow is personally named. He’d have no liability whatsoever absent proof that he is encouraging people to take action against those who besmirch his name.
Meanwhile, the link supplied in the TMZ e-mail includes in the title “DO NOT PUBLISH,” and the story does not appear in the chronology of new items at Joe Buck’s favorite website.
But the e-mail was still sent, containing the text of the story, the title of the story, and no “DO NOT PUBLISH” disclaimer.