Reiss's column, a very well-thought out and logical piece, featured seven takeaways. ESPN edited two of them out.
Here's what was taken out, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
In response to the ESPN report that Patriots employees entered the visiting team’s locker room and stole materials like play sheets, Reiss provided a blast of common sense that was missing from the story: “Security’s extremely tight throughout Gillette Stadium. Don’t think too many people, if any, are casually walking into the visitors’ locker room. And let’s just say they are, who leaves play sheets around?”
Also removed from the original version was this final observation from Reiss: “When you’re at the top, everyone likes to bring you down. A longtime sportscaster with a deep history in Boston relayed this thought to me that resonated: ‘They used to say same the stuff about Red Auerbach.'”
The only thing ESPN said about the edits were: "The story was given a tighter edit after its initial posting."
What a joke.
If you didn't believe ESPN full of it before, you have all the proof in the world now. Talk about journalistic integrity. Anything that would be seen as a good thing for the Patriots just won't cut it for them.
Reiss (@MikeReiss) won't say it publicly, but this has to bother him. It would bother anyone. He's one of the best NFL reporters at ESPN and across the league and he's being unfairly jerked around.