Feldman Rallying Cry Sends ESPNers Into Hiding

After I reported the news yesterday that ESPN had suspended college football writer Bruce Feldman on Thursday morning, a subsequent tsunami of socially-networked support for the sports journalist was so overwhelming that Bruce Feldman” was the top trending topic on Twitter.com throughout Thursday evening and into Friday morning.

Bruce Feldman Suspended By ESPN executives Gary Hoenig, Pat Stiegman, Vince Doria

Of that remarkable reax, I’m reminded of this [fictional] scene from the movie, Rudy:

When reached by Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports and Richard Deitsch of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on Thursday night, ESPN officials chose not to comment on the decision by ESPN Vice President and Director of News Vince Doria, ESPN THE MAGAZINE Editor-in-Chief & ESPN Books Editorial Director Gary Hoenig, and ESPN.com Editor-in-Chief Pat Stiegman to suspend Feldman for his involvement in the Mike Leach book Swing Your Sword.

Involvement which I have confirmed through multiple ESPN sources was approved by ESPN managment in advance of Feldman’s participation in the project.

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