Not that I didn’t expect this to come (I really didn’t think it was necessary), but ESPN has released a statement staying that they stick by their reporters as well as the reports they provide for the network. Deadspin has the short but quick quote from the “Leader”….

Even though Terrell Owens went out of his way to single out the supposedly “made up” reporting of ESPN’s Cowboy specialist Ed Werder, the WWL is sticking by their mustachioed menace.

“We stick by our reporting” is the official, unsurprising quote from ESPN officials after Owens’ rant. Werder was questioned by many people about his anonymous sources that launched a week’s worth of melodrama in Big D, but given Terrell Owens’ history of torpedoing his own team, it didn’t seem implausible that some Cowboys were getting sick of his antics. Werder’s been the target of a spirited YouTube video and had his Wikipedia page completely altered since his initial reports surfaced, bringing more attention to the fiasco.

I really never thought of Werder as someone who would make reports up, and really just thought he was annoying, but I guess anything is possible. The best thing would be for everyone to just ignore it for a few weeks, trade Rachel Nichols from Patriots coverage to ‘Boys coverage, and have Werder in New England. People can be stubborn though, and it will be interesting if anything breaking comes out of the Big D, via ESPN, over the next week or so. I’m guessing it will be pretty quiet around the “Ranch”.

ESPN Backs Up Ed Werder: “We Stand By Our Reporting” (Deadspin)

(P.S.- I absolutely love that photo of Werder above. It’s like a middle school yearbook shot, but without those cool purple lasers you can pay extra for.)

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