Sports Illustrated writer Thayer Evans has not been fired from the magazine after increasingly critical reaction to their five-part report on Oklahoma State's football program, despite social media rumors to the contrary.
Official Statement: Rumors of any SI editorial staff changes are inaccurate.— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 13, 2013
The rumors started when LostLettermen.com tweeted this out:
Unconfirmed rumors swirling that Thayer Evans has been fired from Sports Illustrated. Would be epic disaster for SI.— LostLettermen.com (@LostLettermen) September 13, 2013
LostLettermen later tweeted that the reason for their suspicion was the lack of Evans's name on the Sports Illustrated writers page (which somehow equals "rumors swirling"), even though he was never previously listed there.
Thayer Evans' name was never listed under "All Writers" on SI's site. This was from August:pic.twitter.com/bbJuc2LxNU— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) September 13, 2013
The irony was not lost on Dan Patrick Show producer Paul Pabst, who confirmed on Twitter that Evans was still in the building and working.
@LostLettermen Love throwing out unconfirmed rumors about the firing of a guy who is being ripped for questionable reporting.— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) September 13, 2013
The negative response from former Cowboys began nearly immediately after the report was released. Dozens of players are not only denying the claims, but accusing Evans of writing lies, taking quotes out of context, and misquoting them in his story.