ESPN President Letter To Employees To Refrain From Leaking Stories Gets Leaked

ESPN President Sends Letter To Employees To "Stop Snitching." Naturally, It Gets Snitched.

10/27/09 in Media   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

As I'm sure you're of, Deadspin spent last week airing ESPN's dirty laundry in public. ESPN was not pleased. So ESPN president George Bodenheimer sent out a "stop snitchin'" letter to all employees, and told them that leaking this kind of "destructive" news to blogs like Deadspin would result in "immediate termination."

So, of course, someone at ESPN immediately leaked Bodenheimer's letter to Deadspin. Awesome.

Here it is in full:

A Message from George Bodenheimer

Top Story 10/23/09 @ 4:19 PM

ESPN is clearly one of the most dynamic companies in the world and we take great pride in our work. Our success often leads to media stories about our business and people. Those stories are often very positive, but not always.

During the last few days, we have received a fair amount of unwanted media coverage, including a series of Internet posts where the editor expressly stated that many of these items were based on rumor and that they had not attempted to verify their accuracy. Compounding this issue is my disgust that some of our own unidentified employees are leaking materials to the media thereby contributing in a significant way to these destructive efforts. As you know, we have policies that govern how and who should be in contact with the media regarding the company. I feel it is very important to make clear to all employees that violating these policies is a serious offense which can, and very likely will, result in the immediate termination of employment of the offending employee.

ESPN has a hard working, creative culture that produces outstanding content every day. Our culture and our people are the keys to our continuing success. I also want to reaffirm our commitment to maintaining a workplace where all employees have the opportunity to grow, are free from harassment of any kind and are respectful and positive toward each other.

If anyone feels that we are not living up to our commitment or that your work environment, either in our offices or at any remote location, is of concern, you can and should bring that to the attention of your supervisor, your HR business partner, our HR Leader Paul Richardson, Ed Durso or to me personally.

Our mission is to serve sports fans. Our values call for us to show care and respect for all employees. I want to assure you the leadership of ESPN is committed to achieving both.

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10/27/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Yeah, ESPN was hard working and creative back when they had the ballz to put on shows like Playmakers. As soon as they caved in and took it off, I stopped thinking of them as hardworking or creative.

10/27/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

marcus_nyce wrote:
Wait. Didn't ESPN jump all over Carmello Anthony for his appearance in that don't snitch video!?!?

Yes and Mr. Anthony made his debut in Stop [bleep]ing Snitching and to quote reviews:
"the words "Stop Snitching" became all the media rage in Baltimore, I saw them as I drove with my mother and uncle down Edmondson Avenue. As we were stopped at the intersection of Monroe Street, I looked to my right at the boarded-up house with the wood painted in burgundy. Somebody had spray-painted in white letters: "Stop Snitching."I knew what it meant, of course. I didn't have to wait for the revelation about the DVD called Stop Snitching -- guest-starring Baltimore's own Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets -- to know that something wasn't quite right on the streets of Baltimore. Charm City and: "looks like a low-budget outtake reel of thug-extra screen-test interviews for The Wire. But as you allow the depressing, enervating atmosphere of this video to settle over you like a cloud of sour dope smoke, you understand you’re not watching a bunch of nice actors spitting out words somebody else wrote for them on an important and critically acclaimed melodramatic examination of What’s Wrong With America." 

10/27/09   |   marcus_nyce   |   27363 respect

Wait. Didn't ESPN jump all over Carmello Anthony for his appearance in that don't snitch video!?!?

10/27/09   |   bigdaddyofthemall200   |   1 respect


10/27/09   |   billywa   |   658 respect

No big deal...just another extension of ESPN's policy of selective (and restricted) reporting...

10/27/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Who cares? Who gives a crap? ESPN people are a bunch of hogwashers anyway.