Justice served. From Fanhouse:
An ESPNEWS anchor has been suspended for an indefinite period for lifting portions of a newspaper column and using them in a script without attributing where the passage originated.Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs.
Will Selva, an anchor at ESPN for three years, issued an apology Wednesday for taking all but of a few words from the lead of a column written by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, previewing Tuesday’s game between the
Selva, who anchored the overnight “Highlight Express,” which repeated through the morning, used Ding’s sentences virtually verbatim to set up the game highlights. In a statement issued by ESPN, Selva said he had been researching stories from local newspapers, and came across Ding’s column. Selva said he cut and pasted the story into his script, but forgot to write his own words.
“I made a horrible mistake and I’m deeply sorry. I did not live up to my high standards or ESPN’s,” Selva said in the statement. “I sincerely apologize for my sloppiness, especially to Kevin Ding, viewers and colleagues. In my 15 years in broadcast journalism, nothing like this has ever happened and I will make every effort to ensure it won’t happen again.”
This isn’t really that big of a deal as long as the original writer was properly attributed. Whether you choose to believe the ESPN anchor or not is really not the important issue here.