ESPN Lifts Ban On N.Y. Post Writers' Appearances
July 31, 2009 at 4:12 PM (PT)
ESPN hs lifted its ban on appearances on its radio and TV networks by NEW YORK POST sportswriters in the wake of the newspaper's coverage of the ERIN ANDREWS video incident. POST writers had been banned for nine days after the paper printed graphic still shots from the videos, taken surreptitiously though holes in the wall or doors of two different hotel rooms.
Baseball columnist JOEL SHERMAN normally appears on ESPN Sports WEPN-A (1050 ESPN)/NEW YORK as a commentator on MICHAEL KAY's afternoon show.
NEWSDAY's NEIL BEST reports that the network issued a statement reading, "NEW YORK POST sports writers have been told they are welcome to return to ESPN television and radio programs, effective immediately. We stated at the outset that they had nothing to do with the way ERIN was treated. We just felt strongly that in this unique circumstance, we were compelled to make our point known in the strongest possible manner. As a result, we believe our perspective is widely understood and nothing is furthered by continuing down our recent path."