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For Immediate Release

“We are aware of the allegations circulating on social media about a man under Vernon Dozier’s employ being dropped off in front of Addison Gilbert Hospital, unconscious, at 3am this morning.

We will not make any further comment on these events until the facts have been established by the proper authorities. However, The 15 does not condone criminal activity of any kind, and will be fully cooperative in any way we can.

Mr. Dozier is employed on a freelance level. That relationship will be reviewed at the appropriate time, pending results of the investigation. Until then, he will be presumed innocent, and continue his duties unencumbered.”

— Steve Bosell, Managing Editor, The 15

An Open Letter To The Boston Herald

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 well 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 will now be serving on the beat among people she’s stolen from.

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. That reflects on you. Can’t imagine you want that.

The 15 Transaction Wire


Following the passing of Boston sports legend, Bill Russell, many of you may have noticed the disgusting attempts by certain notorious local ghouls to profiteer off of his death by leveraging the grief that we all feel into gains for their personal media brand. We have noticed this as well, and with high degree of distress.

After prayerful thought and in heeding the advisement of our counsel, we have settled our pending litigation with Vernon Dozier and re-installed him as our multi-sport beat writer effective immediately.

We now recognize that his extensive reporting about one Shukri Wrights was in fact correct, and admit that Mr. Dozier’s termination was indeed wrongful. We are pleased that rights can be wronged and fences mended in this case. Mr. Wrights’ attention seeking behavior over the past 24 hours has been deplorable, and perfectly fits the pattern that Vernon Dozier so painstakingly laid out previously. Shukri wandered around the city of Boston looking for cameras during a time that called for introspection. He made a video comparing himself to Bill Russell on a day where dropping our ego to venerate the greatness we just lost should’ve been the order of the day. We now stand by that prior reporting and blindly vouch for what he’ll continue to unearth in the future about this and other topics.

Vernon, welcome home.

— Steve Bosell, Managing Editor

A Few Words From Mr. Dozier:

I am pleased to reunite with my family at The15. Some harsh words have been exchanged in the last few months, but no bridges burned. No lasting harm done.

This kind of reconciliation is really not all that uncommon when you think about it in sports terms. For example, sometimes baseball teams trade away players in the final year of their contract, and then bring that player back via free agency following the season.

I’m willing to be at the bottom again, to earn back my readership. I’m a team player and will do whatever is needed of me to win. A switch hitter, to borrow another example from my beloved baseball. It’s great to be docking with you all again on this beautiful pirate ship. But pirates sail, and we will embark again amidst a sea of subpar sports media. We will be cruising again in no time.

It’s very gratifying to have my reporting completely vindicated. I pledge to continue to give my readers the unassailable truth.

— VD

Fan Or Fraud? The Shukri Wrights Story

If you’re a fan of Boston sports, there’s a very high likelihood that you’ve seen a certain “superfan” pop up more and more in local media coverage and even some of the teams’ own social media content. Who is he? Where did he come from all of a sudden? Well, let’s meet him…

Vernon Dozier is a multi-sport beat writer for #The15. His previous work can be found at Deadspin and Goy At The Game among other publications. He is a lifelong resident of Rockport, MA and he is never leaving.



They should just paint BALTIMORE at the bottom of the standings
The 15?
Why all the red seats?
A dirty, dirty Reverse ATM
Splendid detritus


Vernon Dozier is a multi-sport beat writer for #The15. His previous work can be found at Deadspin and Goy At The Game among other publications. He is a lifelong resident of Rockport, MA and he is never leaving.


The niece of Tampa Bay sports talk radio host, Rob Weingarten, unloaded on JetBlue in an exclusive tell-all this weekend after a nightmare experience.

Why does this matter?

It doesn’t take a big brain to connect the dots here. Rob Weingarten slings takez in Tampa Bay, a division rival of the Boston Red Sox. The Sox hold their spring training at JetBlue park. Their season has already been turbulent after failing to extend all-star cornerstones Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers. Now they’re faced with a new headache. The possible complicity in the inconveniencing of the Weingarten family is certainly in question.

Staunch Red Sox critic, Scott Zolak, has also been targeted by the airline this week 🤔

Mr. Weingarten’s niece was heartlessly passed around from gate to gate like a utility infielder from Pawtucket to Boston. Someone is going to pay for that.

Now this controversy is headed straight to the halls of Congress. The day might be fast approaching when John W. Henry may finally be grounded. For good.


Others in the market are starting to wake up. But don’t forget who had it first. Again.

Vernon Dozier is a multi-sport beat writer for #The15. His previous work can be found at Deadspin and Goy At The Game among other publications. He is a lifelong resident of Rockport, MA and he is never leaving.

Sourcez: Greg Bedard Jumping From Sinking Ship To Sinking Ship

Our very own @ironheadbjbsj is hearing that he’ll soon be full time at WEEI.

More to come, as this story develops. But might the rats already be scattering? Fair to ask the question.


Pushing readers to the Providence Journal? 🤔


Why hasn’t BSJ writer McAdam tweeted since the end of last week? 🤔🤔

Who is Jake in Boston?

A few days ago, a billboard disparaging the wise owl (???) coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick, appeared on RTE 1 to much promotion from 98.5 The Sports Hub.

If the moniker “Jake in Boston” wasn’t enough of a tell that this is a deranged sports radio fan who has had their thinking so twisted up that they’d spend thousands of dollars to shit on his alleged favorite team to get attention from his Hub heroes, then his updated version of the billboard sure made it clear. Citing coaching tree record, a trivial concept that Belichick has zero control over and doesn’t exist anywhere but in the world of call-in sports talks.

Seems like somebody wants attention. But he’s sending mixed messages. Having his face blurred out for a television interview, as if he thinks he delivered a literal killshot to the eight time Super Bowl winning coach and has entered witness protection.


Well, it doesn’t work like that, cupcake.


From an interview a while back:

Jake likes billboards, apparently.
Jake from State Hospital? IJATQC.

Who is Jake from Boston?

Exactly who you thought he was.

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