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ESPN’s Sheridan sues NY Post’s Vecsey for libel

Jun 16, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

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Well, this is just ridiculous. (And if it is a little inside baseball, I appologize now)

This story all starts last year, when we were all watching suffering through the Carmelo Anthony saga and whether or not Denver would trade him to the Knicks (or the Nets or… let’s not rehash it all, for sake of our own sanity).

Chris Sheridan is a New York based ESPN writer who was on the bandwagon early, writing in December that ‘Melo was bound for the Knicks. Peter Vecsey is the curmudgeonly NBA columnist and rumormonger (and Hall of Famer) for the New York Post who rips nearly everyone.

That includes Sheridan, and we’ll let Forbes tell the story from there (via Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie, who laughed his way through this story).

Vecsey’s article argued that the New York Knicks did not have a good chance of obtaining basketball player Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets and called Sheridan’s reporting the “latest fairy tale” derived from the “same fountains of misinformation that frequently play make-believe with ESPN’s Chris Sheridan.” Sheridan had reported on ESPN.com two days earlier that if Anthony were to be traded from the Nuggets, he would only agree to sign a contract extension if he was traded to the Knicks. Sheridan cited an anonymous source….

Sheridan claims that Vecsey was motivated by his “historic malice towards Mr. Sheridan” and “fabricated an entirely false and sustained tirade against Mr. Sheridan.” Sheridan claims he demanded a retraction from Vecsey and the New York Post on April 7, but that they did not respond.

The lawsuit also notes that comments on the Vecsey’s post story said worse things about Sheridan. Um, yes. Vecsey didn’t write those things, for one. Also, things are said in the comments about every writer and every player that they should just ignore. (With all due respect to the fine commenters at PBT — you guys speak nothing but the truth on every topic!) If you Google yourself you can always read what an idiot you are. Not just Sheridan, Vecsey or Helin or anybody else who writes for a large national paper or site. Part of the gig.

Most of the world reads Vecsey with a huge heaping of salt, laugh a little and move on. Sheridan, apparently, is not with the rest of us on that. So our tax dollars can go to help sort this out. Great.

  1. ljl2 - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    The differences between you and them, Kurt? Grammer, Spelling, and 3/5 of stories that don’t cover LeBron. Though to be fair, it is still the Post and ESPN.

  2. basketballexpert - Jun 16, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Grammar too. LOL

    • ljl2 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:42 PM

      Thanks. Haha. I work with teaching supplies and see the word everyday, but for some reason it slipped by me.

  3. Nadeem - Jun 16, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Sounds like someone wants to make a quick dime.

    Btw, thank you Kurt for complimenting us on our integrity and wealth of knowledge. I will propose a toast to you during the next PBT commentators meeting.

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