Welcome to The Truth, a novel concept in the 21st century. While the Internet paves new avenues of media creativity, it also enables irresponsibility in news reporting. I know this too well, having experienced a fallacious 2010 legal case accompanied by lazy, reckless, inaccurate, incomplete coverage. Never, when I studied journalism in college, did I think I’d one day create a web page intended to correct false stories. We’ll be correcting falsehoods here when necessary, starting with my detailed e-book — “The System” — about a case dismissed and expunged years ago.
My original biographical e-book, “The System,” has been updated and republished by Amazon. It offers a raw, revealing, hold-nothing-back look at my life and media career. I take the reader to places many authors do not, meticulously detailing my experiences in a 2010 Los Angeles legal case — the lies, run-arounds, blunders and suspicious machinations involving police, prosecutors, lawyers and a money-seeking opportunist — at a time when the justice system is being examined more critically than ever.
The allegations were dismissed and expunged by a Superior Court in Los Angeles, meaning I was not convicted, contrary to reckless reports by sloppy, irresponsible media outlets that never have bothered to complete their reporting after initially reporting wild allegations. An attempted 2012 civil suit was dropped quickly after my attorney was allowed to present a wealth of discoveries and witnesses concerning false claims. This, too, went unreported by the media.
In “The System,” I also rewind a media career filled with rich experiences, fond memories, cautionary tales and periods of tumult. Whether maneuvering through the corruption of the Chicago media industry, covering the rock-star journey of Michael Jordan, enduring a heart attack while on assignment in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans or dealing with a homophobic slur that became a national story, I recount my three decades in journalism, including my travels around the world while following the biggest events, greatest athletes and most notable stories. I’m proud to be a survivor who can cut through the traditional filters of my industry — and the sports world — to deliver what people should know about sports, the media, the legal system and life in 21st-century America.
I wrote the book not for financial gain but to shed accurate light on my legal case and other controversies as a nationally known commentator. The reckless nature of the Internet enables the irresponsibility of hacks who have no interest in responsible, corroborative journalism. I suppose it’s healthy for a journalist to be a news subject from time to time, though it’s happened beyond my control too often, such as when twice-since-fired baseball manager Ozzie Guillen called me “a (bleeping) fag” and lit a national discussion on homophobic comments. Mark Leibovich made news as author of “This Town,” a best-selling book about the Washington political landscape, and wrote this about the fallout, “I will say that it can be a valuable experience for any reporter to be on the other side of the phone or notebook once in a while. You learn firsthand how others go about their work, for better or worse. Plus, you can’t help but become more empathetic in your own reporting going forward.”
Perspective, it’s called.
I’ll use this page as a sort of clearinghouse to correct and clarify erroneous stories, such as when GQ magazine wrongly accused me of using a videotape of a wobbling ESPN executive to extort the network into giving me story assignments. On an accuracy scale of 1 (wrong) to 100 (right), that one registered at negative-10, and GQ really should stick to stories on skinny jeans and puffer vests.