ESPN’s Adam Schefter has responded to criticism over his handling of a 2011 story in which he pre-cleared a story with the then-general manager of Washington’s NFL team.
As part of an investigation into the workplace conditions within the Washington Football Team organization, the NFL collected more than 650,000 emails from the accounts of employees with the team.
In one email from 2011 sent to general manager Bruce Allen, Schefter sent him an unpublished story on the NFL lockout that was happening at the time. The reporter sought Allen’s input on the story and called him “Mr. Editor.”
The Los Angeles Times flagged the email, which was part of a court filing in June by Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder.