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ESPN: Bruce Feldman resumes normal assignments

Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 10:19 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Well, that suspension levied on Bruce Feldman for co-authoring Mike Leach's book, Swing Your Sword, didn't last long. In fact, if you ask ESPN, it didn't happen at all. ESPN announced in a statement this afternoon that Feldman had been returned to his normal duties with the company, ending a 20-hour controversy over Feldman's treatment and involvement with the book. Here's ESPN's statement in full:

"There was never any suspension or any other form of disciplinary action. We took the time to review his upcoming work assignments in light of the book to which he contributed and will manage any conflicts or other issues as needed.   Bruce has resumed his assignments."

Now, the notion that Feldman was never under any disciplinary action, frankly, strains credulity. Again, it took 20 hours for ESPN to address this issue, and it's one that could have been resolved in, well, minutes. Further, the idea that Feldman wasn't suspended is apparently news to Mike Leach, who excoriated ESPN on the radio this morning, saying ESPN "isn't going to let little inconvenient details like the facts get in the way of their agenda."

Moreover, the suspension was all but confirmed by Craig James, who expressed surprise on Twitter about the news this morning -- something that SB Nation's Spencer Hall believed to be true in this editorial, which is a little too scathing and scattershot to be of merit here.

With that, then, this issue is effectively settled unless one of the parties feels the need to bring it up again; that seems unlikely. As mentioned before, suspensions almost always degrade a product, especially since Feldman was hardly a limiting agent for ESPN Insider, so ESPN is now better off for having reinstated (or whatever they want to call it) Feldman, so let's leave things like that and move on to more important things. Like video game football.


Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:54 am

baby james

who will craig james try to get fired next?  he's a powerful man.

Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:41 am

ESPN: Bruce Feldman resumes normal assignments

His son, Craig James, is just like his old man. Both major tools. I'd be surprised to see James working much in the future. Maybe due to his contract they'll throw him a bone--SMU vs. Fill in the Blank.

Sad, a grown young man runs to his daddy crying about all this and has ruined one man's livelihood. Even more sad if James family was railroaded by the regents to push this matter to get him fired.

Texas Tech is where kids in Texas go to school when they can't get into any other school. It's on par with most junior colleges as far as education. I think it's a tier 3. 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 2:35 pm

Craig James should be fired.

Craig James abused his position as an "objective journalist" to get the coach who wasn't going to renew his son's scholarship fired.  He is now a joke, and I haven't been able to take anything he says seriously since Leach got fired.  I just can't understand why ESPN would keep a mediocre talent who is a lightning rod for controversy around.  Maybe they are waiting for him to quit and run for poitical office in Texas next year.  

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:24 pm

ESPN: Bruce Feldman resumes normal assignments

James is a formally trained, pompous ass.  And his son will come by the same traits naturally.  None of them will lack for fiscal stability going forward.  Here's hoping they get the embarassment they deserve.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:41 pm

ESPN: Bruce Feldman resumes normal assignments

If you think this for one minute changes the way that espn is looked upon you are wrong.  Craig James was a part of the SMU death penalty and lead the charge to get Coach Leach fired from TX TECH which was as bogus as it gets. Daddy James throws temper tantrums when his baby is not as good as daddy thinks. Craig James is just another talking head. James cant match up to Bruce Feldman.

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