Huge conflict of interest at ESPN
January 11, 2008
Ever wonder why the Reggie Bush investigation seems to be overlooked by ESPN even though it is being covered by other major media outlets?
Well, as The Big Lead points out, David Cornwell, Bush’s attorney, is also a legal consultant for ESPN. If that’s not a major conflict of interest, I don’t know what is. I’m not saying that ESPN is purposefully downplaying the Bush story because of this, but just the appearance that it could be happening is really bad for journalism reasons.
Let’s see how this plays out after the Tarnished Heisman book is released on Tuesday. I plan to buy it that day and hope to have a review of it sometime next week.
UPDATE: I’ve done my own googling to make sure David Cornwell is both a legal consultant and Reggie Bush’s lawyer. This USA Today article says Cornwell is a legal reporter for ESPN, and Cornwell took part in an ESPN Sportsnation chat as well. I also found two stories that say Cornwell is Bush’s attorney.