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ESPN's Beadle Questioned by Bosses About Alleged Unseemly Behavior at ESPY's

Deadspin is reporting that ESPN SportsNation co-host Michelle Beadle was called into the principal’s office by Bristol brass and questioned about her behavior at an ESPY’s after-party two weeks ago, when ESPN co-workers alleged that Beadle was drinking heavily, using drugs and making inappropriate comments to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, including the comment, “I just wanna get fucked.”

According to Beadle, John Walsh, ESPN’s executive vice president, had asked (Vice President of Content Integration and Strategic Planning) Marcia Keegan to meet with Beadle to address the rumors. Keegan told Beadle that co-workers had accused her of being drunk and using drugs at the ESPY after-parties. Keegan also asked if she had said anything inappropriate to Rodgers at a nightclub where the two had been seen together.

“I saw and talked to Aaron the first night I was there,” Beadle said. “I don’t know the guy or anything, but we [she and her girlfriends] were hanging out with him. But Marcia told me that she heard I had apparently blurted out in front of him, ‘I just wanna get fucked’ very loudly.”

Annoyed and incensed at this point, Beadle demanded that Keegan tell her which of her Bristol colleagues had spread the rumors. She wanted to get a lawyer, she told Keegan, and sue whomever it was for slander. Keegan did not tell her, and Beadle calmed down and resumed her Bristol duties, certain that this incident was behind her. Until, of course, (Deadspin) heard about the rumors and received confirmation that she had been approached by one of her bosses about it.

Still, a source who was present at some of those ESPY after-parties maintains that Beadle had gotten obnoxiously hammered and that at one point she put the moves on Aaron Rodgers. Rebuffed, she went on to fuck his teammate Clay Matthews instead, the source said.

“That’s insane,” Beadle said. “I live a much more interesting life in other people’s minds.”

Stay tuned.

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Lots of People Watch Hockey

We told you hockey was going to be huge.

VERSUS dropped the puck on its sixth year of NHL coverage with the most-watched opening night game on U.S. cable in eight years and the most-watched NHL regular season cable telecast in six years. In Canada, CBC’s HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA attracted record audiences for its Saturday night debut this weekend.

Bam. Bam. Bam.

Hey, NHL COO John Collins. How do you feel about this development?

“Fans worldwide have proven again and again that they have a voracious appetite for NHL content,” he said. “The record numbers for the start of the
season, on the heels of last year’s success, are a strong indication that we have a compelling product and that we are super serving our audience
through a variety of different platforms. Whether it’s on TV, online, on mobile devices or through these new
partnerships, we are reaching our audience in new and exciting ways.”

Voracious!

And then there’s this…

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