Bolt Rep Wants Untrue ESPN Claim ‘Taken Down’

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported this morning:

ESPN Bolt Johnson Report By Schefter Is Wrong

(Bolt agent: No such race ‘planned’)

Sources close to the situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that representatives for the Titans running back and Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica have spent recent days trying to set up a race between the two men to determine who really is the world’s fastest human.

The race would be used to raise money for charity.

But Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms said after the report that not only was ESPN’s story untrue, but he hinted that Bolt might not even know who Johnson is.

From UniversalSports.com:

Bolt’s agent, Ricky Simms, says there is “no truth” to a report by ESPN football analyst Adam Schefter that the Jamaican sprint sensation is trying to set up a race against Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson to determine who is really the world’s fastest human

“There is no truth to the story and I have contacted ESPN in an effort to get them to take the story down because we don’t want this to spread like wildfire,” Simms said in a phone interview with Universal Sports. “Usain doesn’t follow the NFL too closely and is not really familiar with all of the players. He likes (international) football and cricket. But more importantly, he has a schedule and a coach to follow and there is no chance that we would set up this type of event.”

ESPN-TV went so far as to post a tale of the tape this morning between the two. So far, there’s been no retraction of the story on ESPN’s main television outlet. (2:15p ET)

As of 2:30p ET, here’s ESPN.com’s top stories:

ESPN Report On Bolt-Johnson Race Is Wrong

Also, no retraction yet by Schefter on his Twitter account.

UPDATE: ESPN still reporting the incorrect story at 3p ET on SportsCenter. Tape or no, should’ve been taken down long ago.

UPDATE: (4:30p ET): ESPN News just reported the wrong story again.