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Minister threatens to sue ESPN over documentary

Posted on: December 31, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 3:00 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

If you're a sports fan, then I'm guessing at some point over the last year you tuned in to at least one of ESPN's 30 for 30 series of documentaries.  Personally, I watched just about all of them, and most were fantastic.  Still, the ones that stood out the most for me were the ones on college football.  In particular, The Best That Never Was, about former Oklahoma running back Marcus Dupree.

It was a fascinating story, and one that definitely had a villain.  That villain being Dupree's advisor/agent, Rev. Kenneth Fairley.  It was portrayed in the documentary that Fairley had helped steer Dupree away from Oklahoma following his freshman season and to Southern Miss. Dupree then made the ill-fated decision to go to the USFL.

In the documentary, Dupree says that the contract he signed with the USFL's New Orleans franchise was for $6 million, though he only saw about $300,000. Dupree also implied that Fairley may not have been all that honest with him when it came to handling the money.  Well, Fairley didn't appreciate it very much, and now he's threatening to sue the cable goliath.
The Rev. Kenneth Fairley, pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, has demanded a retraction and issued a notice to sue ESPN, the Bristol, Conn.-based cable sports network that aired the documentary.
"Since the airing of The Best That Never Was..., Rev. Fairley is inundated with claims that he stole millions of dollars from Dupree. The information contained in ESPN's documentary is false and should be retracted," Fairley's attorney, Lisa Ross, wrote in the letter dated Dec. 24 to ESPN's legal office.
Diane Lamb, an ESPN spokeswoman, said Wednesday the company isn't going to comment about the letter.

Ross also went on to say that ESPN has ten days to "broadcast a full and fair correction, apology and retraction" for airing the documentary.

Sounds like the actions of somebody who ran out of Dupree's money to me.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:13 pm

Minister threatens to sue ESPN over documentary

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Since: Dec 31, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 7:10 pm

Minister threatens to sue ESPN over documentary

Looks like the REV is trying to get some money with no effort......AGAIN.  In my opinion just from the show he looked like a crook!!!

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2010 7:08 pm

Minister threatens to sue ESPN over documentary

As far as the Marcus Dupree 30 for 30 documentary being a good lesson, I'd like to take it one step further.

For any high school student involved in athletics or not, a few of the 30 for 30 documentaries should be required viewing.  Let young men and women see how the choices they make can slowly affect their lives or can change everthing in an instant.  Along with "The Best That Never Was" about Marcus Dupree's rise and fall, include showings and discussion sessions for "Guru of Go" about Hank Gathers and the Loyola-Marymount team and "Without Bias" about the tragic death of Len Bias before he could fulfill his potential as an athlete and a person.

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2010 6:37 pm

Minister threatens to sue ESPN over documentary

Marcus Dupree did not have a good work ethics.  He was one of the better running back and did not want to practice and believed that his talent will carry him far.  Well, even with talent, you still need to practice and his laziness did him no good. In the end, he wasted all of the talent and listened to some ill advised adviser and now he has nothing.  This is a good lesson to all the kids out there that think they have talent and do not think that good work ethics are required to succeed.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2010 5:45 pm

Minister threatens to sue ESPN over documentary

A minister of a church as an agent??? Don’t he have enough to do sheep herding his Flock and solving their problems?? I guess not he had enough time on his hand to steal funds from his client, with out accounting for it, as indicated by his client.

I think that ministers and finances are like water and oil they don’t mix very well at all.

Cam Newton’s father is a minister, we saw how that catastrophe turned out. Nough said!!!



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