Several national media sources report that the ESPN cable sports network indefinitely suspended one its most respected writers.
They say senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, Bruce Feldman, helped former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach write a book. Some of those same outlets have expressed outright contempt for ESPN in commentaries. They're claiming that Feldman had permission from his bosses at ESPN to help leach write his book Swing Your Sword.
Perhaps no commentary was as scathing against ESPN as one that appeared on nbcsports.com. An article posted Thursday night by John Taylor said "… when you've been wallowing in hypocrisy for well over a decade, you get used to the stench."
A writer for Sport Illustrated, Stewart Mandel, was also blunt, saying on a social media posting, "One of the finest writers in the profession was suspended today because of a company's own irresponsible journalism."
Leach sued Texas Tech in December 2009, days after his firing and then later Leach expanded the lawsuit to include ESPN and one of its commentators Craig James. Texas Tech accuses Leach of mistreating player Adam James, who is the son of Craig James.
Leach denies any abuse of the younger James in the days leading up to his dismissal. Leach's book says the James family claims were an excuse by Tech to fire him and avoid paying an $800,000 longevity bonus.
UPDATE: ESPN has issused a statement that denies suspending Feldman:
"There was never any suspension or any other form of disciplinary action. We took the time to review his upcoming work assignments in light of the book to which he contributed and will manage any conflicts or other issues as needed. Bruce has resumed his assignments."
Mike Leach will be in the KCBD studio for a live interview about his new book Tuesday at 6.
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