"... Did Not Meet ESPN Standards For Original Language": ESPN Finally Updates Plagiarized Posts

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 10:45am12/06/12 10:45am

Media Experts Dan Okrent, Jack Shafer, and David Carr Discuss ESPN's Plagiarism Problem: "If I Were Them, I Would Be Embarrassed"

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 2:31pm11/26/12 2:31pm

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, 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 11:47am7/11/12 11:47am

Everything You Need To Know About Sarah Phillips, Former ESPN Columnist And Social-Media Scammer

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 12:18pm5/11/12 12:18pm

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 3:40pm7/13/11 3:40pm