Rick Reilly will no longer be able to copy Rick Reilly. ESPN has announced that Reilly — who has penned a column for ESPN.com since joining the company in 2008 — “has decided to go part time” and will “concentrate on television duties.” This, of course, is all code for “Reilly won’t stop trying to pass off his old columns as new ones, so we had to cut his writing duties.”
In February, Reilly’s column titled “Don’t act like you’ve been there” featured multiple exact sentences from a column he wrote in 2009, titled “You just won the US Open! Act like it!” The self- plagiarism was so bad we were honestly worried about the guy. It was as if he sat at his desk with both columns open on his computer, and cut and pasted until he had the February piece finished. Actually, that’s probably exactly what he did.
When FishbowlNY aksed ESPN about the similarities between the columns, Josh Krulewitz, ESPN’s VP of communications, told us in February, “We are reviewing the situation with Rick.”
Consider the situation reviewed.