ESPN Finally Corrects Story That Misquoted Doug Baldwin

Yesterday, we brought up an ESPN report by Seahawks reporter Terry Blount that profanely misquoted Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin. For whatever reason, Blount incorrectly inserted a few "motherfuckers" into Baldwin's postgame rant. Last night, ESPN finally got around to correcting the story, adding the following note:

A Jan. 18 story on inaccurately quoted Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Baldwin used at least three expletives to reporters in an emotional response following the team's NFC Championship Game victory over Green Bay, but two were inaccurately placed in the transcription of quotes in the original story. The story has been updated to reflect the most pertinent of those quotes.

I guess this means that Baldwin packed all his "motherfuckers" into the beginning of his rant, before anyone had time to start recording video. So take notes, other NFL players. If you're going to curse out a bunch of reporters, do it before they have time to get their phones out.

You can read our original post below.

ESPN Writer Puts A Few "Motherfuckers" In Doug Baldwin's Mouth

Doug Baldwin's postgame rant at the media produced some great soundbites, but none quite as percussive as the ones quoted in this brief on-the-scene report from ESPN Seahawks writer Terry Blount, in which Baldwin is twice misquoted in a way that makes his outburst seem much more profane that it was.

Here's how a portion of Baldwin's rant was transcribed by Blount:

"At 16-0 at the half [Sunday], how many of you m——-f——— counted us out? How many of y'all doubted us?"


"It is indicative of our season," said Baldwin, who finished the game with six catches for 106 yards. "Y'all didn't want to believe in us. It's OK. We don't need you to believe. We're going to believe in ourselves. We ain't worried about you m——-f———. We are worried about ourselves.

The weird thing is this: If you watch the actual video of Baldwin going in on the media, both of the "motherfuckers" quoted above are actually "y'alls." Blount's transcription also includes a "motherfucker" earlier in the rant, but that portion wasn't caught on video, so at this point there's no way to confirm whether that's also a misquote.

So what gives? It's unlikely that Blount is up to anything truly nefarious here—it's probably easy to get carried away when furiously transcribing while a guy is yelling at you—but at least one person on Twitter has been alerting Blount to his misquotes, only to be blocked for his trouble:


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