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ESPN Anchor Suspended For Plagiarizing OC Register Reporter

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.

ESPN vice president of communications Josh Krulewitz spoke to the Register about the incident.

“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

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OC Register Reporter Claims He Was Plagiarized By ESPN Anchor

OC Register sports reporter Kevin Ding has written a column accusing ESPNEWS anchor Will Selva of reading from script several paragraphs of a recent column on air, without attribution.

Here are the lines in question:

Christmas isn’t over yet, Lakers fans.

The big game, it turns out, will be the game after the supposed Game of the Year.

In San Antonio on Tuesday night, the Lakers will be out to give themselves and their fans the much-needed gift of hope.

Sports by Brooks checked the transcripts, and, indeed, Selva read Ding’s lines word for word.

Ding says he has contacted ESPNews Senior Coordinating Producer Mark Preisler to get a comment, but no subsequent blog items have been posted. Stay tuned.

H/T Romenesko