In the midst of what seems like a never-ending lockout, plenty of NBA players are making decisions as to what they will be doing in lieu of the next basketball season. While some are opting to go play elsewhere, others are electing a less traditional approach to the unwelcomed extended off-season. For example, Delonte West has applied for a job at Home Depot and Stephen Curry is going back to school. But the best lockout gig has to belong to Clippers' star Blake Griffin [via Sports Illustrated]:
This week, the Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward is interning at Funny Or Die, the comedy website co-founded by Ferrell and Adam McKay. Griffin arrived at the site's LA offices Tuesday to begin three days of work in video production.
He will help write, shoot, edit and act in several videos for the site. Funny Or Die quickly creates digital comedy videos, often with celebrity guest appearances.
"We're going to put him to work," said Mike Farah [president of production at Funny or Die]. "He's shooting a series of videos, and he's also coming to meetings. He's basically doing everything that an intern does."
This isn't Griffin's first crack at comedy, though (aside from embarrassing defenders by dunking over them, which provides comedic relief sometimes). At this year's ESPY's he and Kevin Love, amongst other NBA and NFL players, were featured in a faux-commercial -- a play off of the 1998 Grant Hill/Tim Duncan commercial -- advertising their services for odd jobs during the lockout:
The action by ESPN was on par with the stupidity at NPR in firing Juan Williams. Let's hope that it has the same impact at the top and have some heads roll over this.
Buy the book, and read it. That'll help Feldman finacially and with the truth finally out there definitifly .. no more spin from ESPN, Craig James, or Kent Hance, Chancellor of Texas Tech.
Chancellor Hance and Vince Doria are Delt fraternity brothers (unfortuantly, as most of Texas Bar is).
This all started with Kent Hance's jeaslousy, the BOR's illegal meddling, and their buddy Craig James. Where is the NCAA - SACA? (Remember Auburn). OPPS, Tech's new coach just happen to come straight from ESPN and his buddy, Craig James' lap.
Now a man's life has been ruined, he can't earn a living in his chosen profession, he was never paid for his '09 season (much less his contract) ... AND, it's all in sworn depositions and e-mails. (Dallas Morning News)!
'They' have to ruin Bruce Feldman now, they just HAVE to ... and anyone else who interfeirs with 'their' side of the story. ESPN has to protect Craig James, Texas Tech's BOR has to protect Kent Hance, and Spaeth has to protect them all to protect itself. (Spaeth's insurance carrier has already told Merrie Spaeth they would not cover her in the lawsuit.)
Spaeth's pseudonyms are already rushing the boards to slander and sleaze some more.
A college football coach, a sports journalist, ruined because they did nothing wrong, but be the 'best' in their chosen professions and were better at it than a corrupt Chancellor and corrupt ESPN and Craig James.
Great lessons for our kids today, huh?
PS: why is Adam James still on Tech's team??
Not sure why people are surprised by this. Who did Feldman think he was working for? ESPNs decision was stupid, but he's an at-will employee working for scumbags.
More interesting observations: How poor does ESPN look not detailing or showing accountability to the truths of what went on with Leach, Texas Tech and the complicity of their own talents (Shaad, James), yet they are suing Ohio State for e-mails to incriminate their football program after the conference spurn the network for FOX? Also, how and will ESPN give equal treatment if Texas U (of ESPN's Longhorn Network) are guilty of any infractions or lack of institutional control.
Disastrous decision by ESPN. Goes down as one of the all time journalistic blunders along with 60 Minutes Big Tobacco Scandal. 'All the chips have been pushed to the center of the table in the name of protecting the ESPN brand at all costs' says it all. The brand is more important than journalistic integrity. I believe within the network their thinking is Feldman put them in a defensive position legally (which is dumb, because all he did was reveal truths). The fact that he didn't promote the book in any ESPN platform says a lot of the instructions he received regarding what was disclosed. For all we know he might have used sources and resources within ESPN, which a normal journalist would do, to use for the book and it turned around and bit them in the ass. If there is a lawsuit to be had, and I believe Leach has one against James, the PR Firm he hired and ESPN, this was a legal counsel's knee jerk reaction to quelch the problem.
Prediction: Feldman will be quietly reinstated sooner than later with an executive gag order. But I think the damage has been done. ESPN apparently has now emphasized they are an entertainment brand first, but I'm not sure where they place themselves as a news entity.
And I think most telling will be if the ombudsman column touches this story or if Doria, Hoenig, Stieman, Feldman or James cooperate with any inquiry they have. After completely ignoring the Kiper fiasco (Talk about reverse gotcha journalism) for a 1000 word verbal blowjob for Grantland, I'm wouldn't be surprised to see the pattern started with Don Ohlmeyer where they address issues viewer dissent and the networks lack of integrity or transparency until weeks, sometimes more than a month later when the milk is well expired (ie; The Decision).
All in all, this has legal ass covering written all over it.
good article. ESPN is just arrogant and out of touch. That's not anything new but throwing one of their best under the bus for of all people, Craig James, is a new low.
I think there was a time when all sports fans had dreams of working at ESPN. I now think that most would be opposed to it. It's a disservice to sports fans.
Right now we're at an opportune moment for a real competitor to emerge for the WWL. If FSN would revamp it's content or Versus make a real effort to be more than a dumpster for niche sports after the NBCSports switch, ESPN could face a real scare after a long series of bad choices.
@axhfan I don't think FSN will really do anything here. They're focused on FX adding sports. Versus though if they get the 8 game nfl package might be something. I think the main thing is that while we're outraged.... maybe what 5-10% of people who watch ESPN even know about this. That doesn't excuse ESPN for being the pieces of.... that they are but I don't know if they'll ever fear repercussion. They're drunk with power and fearless as evidenced but all the dumb crap they do
The only thing I have in defense of ESPN is that this is all per SBB but the reaction of deafeningly silence speaks volumes.
To most ESPN is just a channel and website that provides good programming. The truth is they're a bunch of corporate thugs who have lost touch with journalistic integrity. Completely dismissive to a large chunk of their audience while pandering to profits and idiots.
Great article, Matt, and I concur with your statements and conclusions. Bruce Feldman is a well-respected sports journalist, and you'd think that someone like him who started with ESPNET in July 1994 wouldn't be treated this way. He has provided ESPN with 18 years of outstanding sports journalism, providing their brand with online credibility in its infancy. He hasn't rested on his laurels, either; for evidence of that, simply look to his 12/29/2010 Insider piece which detailed how the Sugar Bowl CEO lobbied Ohio State to let Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, et al play against Arkansas.
My hope is that, whenever he is able, Feldman will jump to a competitor like Yahoo Sports or another comparable online sports news outlet that actually appreciates reporters who produce excellent work. My hope is that ESPN's short-sighted decision to indefinitely suspend @bfeldmanespn will lead to him receiving lucrative opportunities to ply his craft elsewhere.