Jul 31, 2015 12:42 PM
ESPN's Chris Mortensen cancels Boston's WEEI radio spot to address faulty Deflategate report
So about that initial Deflategate report, Chris Mortensen...
The ESPN NFL insider was the first journalist to bust open the controversy.
He was scheduled to go on WEEI on Friday morning - and WEEI billed it as Mortensen's first chance to address it - but he backed out.
In a statement, Mortensen explained himself to WEEI:
“I will not allow WEEI, [Patriots owner Robert] Kraft or anybody to make me the centerpiece of a story that has been misreported far beyond anything I did in the first 48 hours. Maybe when the lawsuit is settled, in Brady’s favor, I hope, we can revisit. Don’t call.”
Adam Schefter, Mortensen's partner on ESPN, said Thursday that he believes Mortensen was handed faulty information by the NFL.
“[Any reporter in the country, if they have high level people calling them, giving them this information, almost anyone’s gonna run with it,” Schefter said.
So what do you think?
Is Mortensen to blame for the whole Deflategate debacle? Should he have gone on the show?