Yahoo Sports boxing writer Kevin Iole had a bit of a tantrum last night, getting on his Facebook and Twitter page to wag his finger at ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael for allegedly stealing a scoop from him.
Here’s a post from Iole’s Facebook page that was later deleted (Correction: Iole didn’t delete this Facebook post. My bad!):
And here are some heated tweets that he also deleted (Correction: these tweets have also not been deleted from Iole’s Twitter feed. Again, that’s my bad!)
Pieces of garbage! Chicken crap! Iole is fed up!
As far as I can tell, the story that Iole is so convinced Rafael stole from him is this report about a ticket deal between the promoters for the upcoming Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and the MGM Grand finally being reached. Iole’s beef seems to be with the fact that shortly after he tweeted about the deal and posted a story on it, Rafael went on TV to also break the story without crediting Iole’s report. Not crediting another reporter’s exclusive report is fucked up, but it also looks like Iole’s “scoop” about the deal just came from a press release that Rafael would have also surely received:
I understand that boxing isn’t nearly as popular as it used to be, but surely things haven’t gotten so dire that reporters need to be starting beefs over who read a press release the fastest.