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.