Senior writer at ESPN the Magazine Bruce Feldman has been suspended indefinitely by the Worldwide Leader in yet another display of muscle-flexing from the head honchos in Bristol. Via Sports By Brooks:
(ESPN Vice President and Director of News Vince) Doria, (ESPN the Magazine Editor-in-Chief Gary) Hoenig and (ESPN.com Editor-in-Chief Pat) Stiegman informed Feldman today that he has been banned from writing for any ESPN entity, is forbidden from appearing on any ESPN platform, is not allowed to Tweet from his Twitter account nor participate in any promotion of a recently-released book in which Feldman played a role ...
... Multiple management and editorial sources at ESPN have told me in recent months that Feldman would only participate in the Leach book project upon direct approval from ESPN management - which Feldman indeed received.
Leach, of course, was fired from his head coaching job at Texas Tech amidst allegations he mistreated ESPN college football analyst Craig James' son Adam James. Not only has ESPN not forgiven Leach for these apparent injustices, it also apparently seeks to exile Leach from the sporting world, Robinson Crusoe-style.
If SbB is to be believed, the move is not only a head-scratcher, but a ridiculously over-the-top one. Feldman is a talented writer — just read this piece he wrote on Mike Leach before the whole controversy blew up — who doesn't appear to have an ulterior motive to bash the mothership.
More on this as it develops.