ESPNEWS anchor Will Selva has been suspended for reading on air, without credit, the opening graphs of a recent column by OC Register reporter Kevin Ding. Ding called Selva out on the Register‘s website last week, drawing extensive coverage in the sports media world.
“This is something we take extremely seriously and we’ve taken appropriate action. We looked into how it happened and found that this very bad mistake was made because he should have been more thorough, even on deadline, not because he was intentionally trying to claim someone else’s work as his own.”
Selva released a statement late last week, just prior to his suspension.
“I made a horrible mistake and I’m deeply sorry. I did not live up to my high standards or ESPN’s. 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.”
Previously on FBLA: OC Register Reporter Claims He Was Plagiarized By ESPN Anchor