an open letter to fansided
Some of us in sports media criticism circles are concerned and dismayed at the recent hiring of a known, prolific plagiarist and content thief to be a contributor and editor on your platform. This person has quite the reputation in sports circles, and it’s earned.
She has an extensive history of lifting the thoughts of other people and brazenly claiming them as her own, both on her website and on Twitter. It’s unconscionable that someone with that past would be in charge of policing the very same behavior for your company.
She’s stolen from beat writers and bloggers:
She’s stolen tweets from team broadcasters:
She’s stolen from Red Sox fans:
Her proclivity for intellectual theft is not limited to the Red Sox or even sports. Nor could she stop even after being called out many, many times.
It’s a compulsion. Pathological:
These examples are by no means exhaustive. There were several others that have been lost to deletion, and many more that without a doubt went unnoticed.
In addition to all this, she’s been extremely flippant, dishonest or unapologetic in instances when her behavior was pointed out. Her favorite go-to is “great minds.” But it’s absurd to believe these are all coincidental. Insulting, actually.
From a since deleted tweet thread about the history of American Presidents and baseball that was clearly pilfered, her defense was that she changed the photos. That’s the standard?
This is not to say we disagree with the content of any of these tweets necessarily. That’s not the point. The point is that she’s dishonest, cuts corners and does these things without remorse.
She now wears your brand, and wields it as a weapon in random sports debates on twitter. Using it as some kind of strange trump card. That reflects on you. Can’t imagine you want that.