Lynn Hoppes, Who Was The Worst, Is Out At ESPN

ESPN's Dancing with the Stars correspondent Lynn Hoppes—a man who drooled over swag, recruited a scam artist, plagiarized Wikipedia, and stole my girlfriend—has been laid off, three sources have confirmed. ESPN is also shutting down Playbook, Hoppes's home for the past year. An ESPN spokesman declined to comment. » 5/22/13 3:42pm 5/22/13 3:42pm

2012 Deadspin Hall Of Fame Nominee: Lynn Hoppes

His body of work as ESPN's senior Jonas Brothers correspondent had been impressive long before last year. But 2012 was when Lynn Hoppes really set himself apart. He told us how great the party was. He hired Sarah Phillips. He told us about Michael Bolton's hole-in-one. He copied shit verbatim from Wikipedia. ESPN… » 1/04/13 4:05pm 1/04/13 4:05pm

"... Did Not Meet ESPN Standards For Original Language": ESPN Finally…

It has been 148 days since we first informed you of Lynn Hoppes's copy-and-pasting habits. And dear reader, it's over. All it took for ESPN to acknowledge the widespread plagiarism in its archives was for the company's news honcho, John Walsh, to float a rumor in front of a class of journalism students that I was… » 12/06/12 10:45am 12/06/12 10:45am

Why Is An ESPN Vice President Spreading Rumors That I'm Straight?…

"I don't know your personal life," ESPN vice president and executive editor John Walsh told me, on the phone. "I wouldn't comment on anyone's personal life." » 12/05/12 7:30pm 12/05/12 7:30pm

Media Experts Dan Okrent, Jack Shafer, and David Carr Discuss ESPN's…

It's now been 138 days since we turned up ESPN entertainment writer Lynn Hoppes's extensive habit of copying and pasting from Wikipedia. If you click today on any of those stories—10 that we found, covering 12 examples of plagiarism—you'll find them just as they were several months ago. The plagiarism is still there,… » 11/26/12 2:31pm 11/26/12 2:31pm

Four Months Later, ESPN Still Hasn't Cleaned Up Lynn Hoppes's Wikipedia…

This isn't the proudest period for ESPN's news division. We've spent a lot of time talking about First Take and Tim Tebow, but there's another little something that ESPN still hasn't dealt with: What's up with all those Lynn Hoppes stories? » 11/16/12 3:24pm 11/16/12 3:24pm

How ESPN Ditched Journalism And Followed Skip Bayless To The Bottom: A …

In October, Doug Gottlieb, a radio host and basketball analyst who'd decamped for CBS the previous month after nine years with ESPN, went on The Dan Patrick Show and dropped something of a truth bomb about his time in Bristol: » 11/12/12 3:32pm 11/12/12 3:32pm

The Time ESPN's Lynn Hoppes Debunked MediaTakeOut's Report That Lolo…

On Thursday, an exclusive came roaring across the front page of the internet: MediaTakeOut.com, long beloved and respected for its crack reporting and evocative headlining, had the exclusive. The full text of their Lolo Jones/Ndamukong Suh love story: » 9/15/12 5:50pm 9/15/12 5:50pm

ESPN Hack Lynn Hoppes Copies Press Releases, Too

It's not hard to spot the biggest hacks in any newsroom. The biggest hacks are the reporters who rewrite press releases. Emphasis on the word "rewrite," since the laziest, most unimaginative journalist can typically muster the energy and self-respect to tweak a predicate or two. Even hacks don't want to look like they're … » 7/19/12 11:45am 7/19/12 11:45am

Bleacher Report Has Stiffer Penalties For Plagiarism Than ESPN Does

We uncovered more than a dozen of examples of ESPN senior writer Lynn Hoppes copy-and-pasting from Wikipedia and he was not fired. Instead ESPN gave him a slap on the wrist, and he hasn't written anything since—maybe he was suspended, or told to keep a low profile for a little while. » 7/17/12 2:50pm 7/17/12 2:50pm

ESPN Entertainment Writer Has A Bad Wikipedia Habit

We've introduced you to ESPN's Lynn Hoppes a time or two. He's now an entertainment writer (and Cupcake Wars correspondent) for ESPN.com, but he used to edit the website's Page 2—where he wrote about pizza, covered the Jonas Brothers, and hired Sarah Phillips—before it rebranded itself as Playbook. To his ever-growing… » 7/11/12 11:47am 7/11/12 11:47am

Everything You Need To Know About Sarah Phillips, Former ESPN…

Last week, we published a long story about Sarah Phillips, the ESPN columnist who, among other things, used her connections to the Worldwide Leader to hijack a teenager's Facebook venture. The story developed quickly from there, getting progressively more complicated as more tipsters came forward with their own Sarah… » 5/11/12 12:18pm 5/11/12 12:18pm

Is An ESPN Columnist Scamming People On The Internet? [UPDATE]

A few weeks ago, ESPN columnist Sarah Phillips concluded her weekly "Junk Mail" column with a question from an unnamed reader: » 5/01/12 4:37pm 5/01/12 4:37pm

The Seth Meyers-Lynn Hoppes Pre-ESPYs Bro-Down Skewers ESPN

Last we checked in on Page 2's Lynn Hoppes, he was breathlessly name-dropping third-tier celebrities, en route to this whole thing. (Of note: ESPN has since pulled the offending Hoppes video from its YouTube account. Did Brock Lesnar's attorneys complain?) Hoppes is ESPN's expert in the macho-tinged puff piece, and… » 7/13/11 3:40pm 7/13/11 3:40pm