ESPN NFL guru Adam Schefter’s wild email to Bruce Allen leaked amid Jon Gruden debacle
The Jon Gruden email saga has yet to leave the mainstream cycle of NFL news, but there’s already another one that seems ready to replace it. And it involves Adam Schefter and Bruce Allen, the former team president of then-Washington Redskins.
Here’s an excerpt of the report of Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times regarding the emails used as exhibits in a legal fight between Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder, among which includes one interesting one that Schefter sent to Allen:
Several emails between Allen and journalists are part of the filing too. In one of them from July 2011, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter sent Allen the draft of an unpublished story that was published later the same day.
“Please let me know if you see anything that should be added, changed, tweaked,” Schefter wrote. “Thanks, Mr. Editor, for that and the trust. Plan to file this to espn about 6 am ….”
Asking for some level of approval from an NFL executive before publishing a story certainly will sound fishy for at least a few people, but Schefter’s email to Allen might be nothing more than anything serious.
ESPN would later release a statement, in perhaps a partial attempt to immediately suppress a potentially explosive topic in the coming days.
ESPN released the following statement in response to the correspondence: “Without sharing all the specifics of the reporter’s process for a story from 10 years ago during the NFL lockout, we believe that nothing is more important to Adam and ESPN than providing fans the most accurate, fair and complete story.”
Who knows what kind of surprising details there are left on these emails?