ESPN issues correction after wrongly reporting Jacob Blake was unarmed in confrontation with police

by Peter Heck · Apr 19th, 2021 10:20 am
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Last Updated Apr 19th, 2021 at 10:39 pm

ESPN was issued a correction to a story by reporter Adrian Wojnarwoski that was featured as a front-page article on the sports giant's heavily-trafficked website.

Discussing the NBA's plans to push more social justice activism should Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin be found not guilty in the murder of George Floyd, Wojnarwoski addressed Blake's death, describing the knife-carrying man as "unarmed."

"The NBA and WNBA postponed a full slate of playoff games after another unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during the NBA's restart in Orlando, Florida, in August 2020," the ESPN reporter wrote.

Outkick founder Clay Travis was the first to draw attention to the error.

Travis speculated that he might be "giving too much credit to ESPN," by calling it an error. The syndicated sports radio host said it was "equally as likely" that ESPN was aware that the description was inaccurate but chose to run it anyway as part of the network's ongoing effort to stir racial anxieties.

The Wojnarwoski story remained up for at least four hours before the site added a footnote to clarify that the original story "incorrectly reported" Blake's status at the time of his confrontation with police.


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