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(Deadspin)   How ESPN hired, then fired, a scam artist   (deadspin.com) divider line 67
    More: Interesting, ESPN, Sarah J. Phillips, David McCullough, Oregon Ducks, Jose Canseco, sports betting, Tupac Shakur, Hunter S. Thompson  
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2012-05-02 08:27:46 AM
Unbelievable...here's an updated story: Link

bravo to deadspin for having some actual journalism on their site.
 
2012-05-02 08:36:26 AM
Was looking for Craig James.......
 
2012-05-02 08:45:16 AM
Sounds like she's following the Sarah Silverman/Chelsea Handler model here: when a guy smokes, boozes, curses, and/or gambles, he's a degenerate scumbag, but when a chick does it, it's hot.

Yeah, it's a double standard. It's also true.
 
2012-05-02 08:52:48 AM
Chris Berman has been scamming ESPN into thinking people actually want to watch him for years.
 
2012-05-02 09:06:26 AM
tl;dr

Summary please?
 
2012-05-02 09:06:28 AM
There is no 'artistry' to Skip Bayless' scam.
 
2012-05-02 09:07:57 AM

slayer199: tl;dr

Summary please?


no shiz...that article's scrollbar was way too long for me.
 
2012-05-02 09:08:50 AM
That was quite the long article about something extremely inconsequential.
 
2012-05-02 09:09:12 AM
It's going to get even more interesting once the authorities get involved. Real money was being stolen and extorted, not to mention intellectual property. Good to see Deadspin use their position for something other than cheap dick jokes for once.
 
2012-05-02 09:12:14 AM

slayer199: tl;dr

Summary please?



she set up a fake site and scammed one guy out of thousands in ad-buys that never went up...she stole the NBA Memes facebook page from the creator by agreeing to go into business with him, convincing him to give her admin rights, then subsequently locking him out as an admin and redirecting site traffic to her site. basically. I think.
 
2012-05-02 09:13:23 AM

jake_lex: Sounds like she's following the Sarah Silverman/Chelsea Handler model here: when a guy smokes, boozes, curses, and/or gambles, he's a degenerate scumbag, but when a chick does it, it's hot.

Yeah, it's a double standard. It's also true.



wtf are you on about? try reading TFA.
 
2012-05-02 09:18:13 AM
I for one cannot believe that a purported woman on the internet could be anything but a paradigm of virtue and honesty.
 
2012-05-02 09:24:20 AM
Damned ALTs!
 
2012-05-02 09:30:48 AM

drew46n2: slayer199: tl;dr

Summary please?


she set up a fake site and scammed one guy out of thousands in ad-buys that never went up...she stole the NBA Memes facebook page from the creator by agreeing to go into business with him, convincing him to give her admin rights, then subsequently locking him out as an admin and redirecting site traffic to her site. basically. I think.


And, she may not be a real person.

/mind blown.
 
2012-05-02 09:34:34 AM
Did they finally fire Jamelle Hill?
 
Slu
2012-05-02 09:48:25 AM
I thought that was incredibly interesting. I hope she gets sued.
 
2012-05-02 09:53:57 AM
Yeah, this was really well done. For all the grief people give Deadspin, it's nice to have a website that's going to jump on something like this. ESPN will try to just ignore it, the way they ignored the reporting of their part in the Bernie Fine scandal, but it's nice that it's at least out there. Maybe enough noise will be made for an investigation.
 
2012-05-02 09:56:38 AM

Orgasmatron138: drew46n2: slayer199: tl;dr

Summary please?


she set up a fake site and scammed one guy out of thousands in ad-buys that never went up...she stole the NBA Memes facebook page from the creator by agreeing to go into business with him, convincing him to give her admin rights, then subsequently locking him out as an admin and redirecting site traffic to her site. basically. I think.

And, she may not be a real person.

/mind blown.


Yup. I don't know why people are biatching, I thought it was crazy and a rare case of solid journalism.
 
2012-05-02 10:12:24 AM
I think I'd be more interested in this story if I'd ever heard of Sarah Phillips until yesterday.
 
2012-05-02 10:17:03 AM

Orgasmatron138: ESPN will try to just ignore it, the way they ignored the reporting of their part in the Bernie Fine scandal


ESPN screwed that up so badly from the very beginning to the present day that JASON WHITLOCK was on the right side of calling them out for their role in all of it. Think about that for a second.
 
2012-05-02 10:19:30 AM

Yanks_RSJ: I think I'd be more interested in this story if I'd ever heard of Sarah Phillips until yesterday.


This - this article was the first time I'd heard of "her" existence.

/thought it was originally about the person not actually existing...if that was the problem, this would be a total non-story. Pen names are something we have exposes about now?
 
2012-05-02 10:33:50 AM
Real journalism? Deadspin? Wow, that was actually pretty interesting.
 
2012-05-02 10:39:45 AM
This article made me realize that the once-useful word "meme" has now lost all meaning. Apparently, just putting a funny caption over a picture now constitutes a meme.
 
2012-05-02 10:44:09 AM
People still care about ESPN other than the games they broadcast?
 
2012-05-02 10:48:37 AM

slayer199: tl;dr

Summary please?


Seriously. That was staggeringly not interesting. Who cares about this?
 
2012-05-02 10:52:24 AM
Apparently this Indian guy at Oregon State hired a girl to be his face online and they both scammed people out of their money to set up a site that steals other people's content.
 
2012-05-02 10:59:27 AM

DamnYankees: slayer199: tl;dr

Summary please?

Seriously. That was staggeringly not interesting. Who cares about this?


One of the largest corporations hires scam artist without even checking them out for a high-profile position? "Who cares about this?" Pretty much everybody.
 
2012-05-02 11:06:55 AM

bubbaprog: One of the largest corporations hires scam artist without even checking them out for a high-profile position? "Who cares about this?" Pretty much everybody.


I'd have to dispute the idea that this was a "high profile" position since I'd say the vast majority of people had never even heard of her until yesterday.

But it's incredibly obvious why you'd think that people SHOULD care about this.
 
2012-05-02 11:14:52 AM

DamnYankees: slayer199: tl;dr

Summary please?

Seriously. That was staggeringly not interesting. Who cares about this?


Amen brother!

By the way, I have updated my profile pic to show off my new bikini that a "secret admirer" got me, ( wink wink ; ) Check out your e-mail, Mr. Secret). If you like it, feel free to check out my Amazon Wish list too!

xoxox halfof33, a real life flesh and blood girl on the internet and not some scam artist right off the god damn boat from India.
 
2012-05-02 11:15:38 AM
ESPN bought some articles from someone who appears to have been a scammer! OH NO!!!

Here's a hint to dipwads on the internet: random people saying you owe them sh*t are full of it.

If a third party says you're doing something illegal and offer to host a 3rd party solution instead of contacting the actual owners of something, they're lying.

If someone says you "owe them" because they took your advice on a bet and lost, you should never contact them again, even if you have actually met that person in real life, because at best, they're a worthless piece of sh*t.
 
2012-05-02 11:25:18 AM
Chris Berman? Skip Bayless? Jay Mariotti? Dick Vitale? Stuart Scott? Colin Cowherd?

/spent
 
2012-05-02 11:27:33 AM

bubbaprog: One of the largest corporations hires scam artist without even checking them out for a high-profile position?


High profile position? She was writer for Page 2. It's one level up from camera guy on the Ocho.
 
2012-05-02 11:28:18 AM

Yanks_RSJ: I'd have to dispute the idea that this was a "high profile" position


She essentially took over Hunter S. Thompson's spot after it was vacant for many years. i'd call that high profile.

As for "nobody cares," why was she the number one topic trending worldwide?
 
2012-05-02 11:31:00 AM

bubbaprog: As for "nobody cares," why was she the number one topic trending worldwide?


I didn't say "nobody cares". I asked who did, and now I'm asking why.
 
2012-05-02 11:34:06 AM

halfof33: DamnYankees: slayer199: tl;dr

Summary please?

Seriously. That was staggeringly not interesting. Who cares about this?

Amen brother!

By the way, I have updated my profile pic to show off my new bikini that a "secret admirer" got me, ( wink wink ; ) Check out your e-mail, Mr. Secret). If you like it, feel free to check out my Amazon Wish list too!

xoxox halfof33, a real life flesh and blood girl on the internet and not some scam artist right off the god damn boat from India.


I don't see a bikini pic or the wishlist? Please post either/both. I think I'm in love. A real life flesh and blood girl on the internet! I already told my mother about you. She's pretty excited, too.
 
2012-05-02 11:36:12 AM

IAmRight: ESPN bought some articles from someone who appears to have been a scammer! OH NO!!!

Here's a hint to dipwads on the internet: random people saying you owe them sh*t are full of it.

If a third party says you're doing something illegal and offer to host a 3rd party solution instead of contacting the actual owners of something, they're lying.

If someone says you "owe them" because they took your advice on a bet and lost, you should never contact them again, even if you have actually met that person in real life, because at best, they're a worthless piece of sh*t.


Yeah, Matt and Ben don't come out of this looking too good. I think Matt was taken by what appeared to be a hot piece of ass. Ben just seems to be a naïve little simp (skim the transcript of his Facebook chat with Navin; it's almost painful watching the poor kid grovel when he is quite obviously being scammed).
 
2012-05-02 11:38:41 AM

bubbaprog: Yanks_RSJ: I'd have to dispute the idea that this was a "high profile" position

She essentially took over Hunter S. Thompson's spot after it was vacant for many years. i'd call that high profile.

As for "nobody cares," why was she the number one topic trending worldwide?


Oh man, trending Twitter topics are the true measure of what's important. "Cher Lloyd is sexy" is the #3 topic trending worldwide currently, obviously that's critical stuff.
 
2012-05-02 11:39:54 AM

Farkn Yaj Yenrac: I don't see a bikini pic or the wishlist? Please post either/both. I think I'm in love. A real life flesh and blood girl on the internet! I already told my mother about you. She's pretty excited, too.


LMAO! Oh you.... so funny! I laughed so hard that I went into the "ladies" room and "rubbed one out" because I am sexually adventuresome and down to earth at the same time.

Check your email! Tee hee!

/www.buyhalfof33crapbecausehesagirl.com
 
2012-05-02 11:49:36 AM
That was a fantastic article. When did deadspin stop sucking hot ass and actually get back into real journalism? I might actually have to go back to the site now. I had sworn it off forever.
 
2012-05-02 11:53:58 AM
That girl was hot, though, whoever she was. Bathe her and bring her to me.
 
2012-05-02 11:59:45 AM

Why Would I Read the Article: That girl was hot, though, whoever she was. Bathe her and bring her to me.


Which one?

/you can have "old Sarah" and I'll take "new Sarah."
 
2012-05-02 12:02:51 PM

DamnYankees: slayer199: tl;dr

Summary please?

Seriously. That was staggeringly not interesting. Who cares about this?


Apparently it was uninteresting enough to read and then comment on ... You're a special kind of dumbass aren't ya?
 
2012-05-02 12:02:52 PM
also she scammed the folks behind @ohwonka out of their account for a few days link
 
2012-05-02 12:04:07 PM

Super Chronic: Which one?

/you can have "old Sarah" and I'll take "new Sarah."


Whoever was speaking in that video where she asked people to post their "no rings" jokes about LeBron. That's the one I want. You can have either the other one, or my sloppy seconds. If you want the one I want, I will fight you. And I must warn you that I fight dirty.
 
2012-05-02 12:05:46 PM

forever_blowing_bubbles: Apparently it was uninteresting enough to read and then comment on ... You're a special kind of dumbass aren't ya?


My mom did always tell me I was special.
 
2012-05-02 12:10:04 PM

drew46n2: Unbelievable...here's an updated story: Link

bravo to deadspin for having some actual journalism on their site.


Thanks for the update link. I tried looking for the ESPN story on this........
 
2012-05-02 12:12:03 PM
I doubt it was even a woman because you know there are none online
 
2012-05-02 12:12:16 PM

Orgasmatron138: drew46n2: slayer199: tl;dr

Summary please?


she set up a fake site and scammed one guy out of thousands in ad-buys that never went up...she stole the NBA Memes facebook page from the creator by agreeing to go into business with him, convincing him to give her admin rights, then subsequently locking him out as an admin and redirecting site traffic to her site. basically. I think.

And, she may not be a real person.

/mind blown.


So you're saying she's some sort of robot or alien or transdimensional being?
 
2012-05-02 12:21:34 PM

TheManofPA: Thanks for the update link. I tried looking for the ESPN story on this........


Even if it's not a coverup, it's not even worth reporting. They don't do stories about actual columnists when they leave, why would they do one for a scarcely-read scam artist?

This is Deadspin doing what Deadspin does, find "scandal" when other people get jobs they wanted, they criticize them. Sure, this one kind of has a story, but ultimately it's pretty meh. A couple of fools were parted from their money. And some people read some articles possibly thinking that a chick was a chick when instead she was a dude! Oh no!

Ben Franklin used to write under pen names, too. SCANDAL
 
2012-05-02 12:24:24 PM

Why Would I Read the Article: Super Chronic: Which one?

/you can have "old Sarah" and I'll take "new Sarah."

Whoever was speaking in that video where she asked people to post their "no rings" jokes about LeBron. That's the one I want. You can have either the other one, or my sloppy seconds. If you want the one I want, I will fight you. And I must warn you that I fight dirty.


You just cost me the one I wanted. You owe me $2,000. Remit it to my PayPal account promptly.
 
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