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MCDONOUGH'S COVERAGE OF BROWNS QUESTIONED OVER FAMILY TIE
Published December 22, 1995
NBC's Will McDonough is being criticized by some Browns observers for favoring Art Modell in his discussions of the team. But McDonough, in speaking with the Akron BEACON JOURNAL, said his coverage is "fair and accurate." McDonough: "I have never done anything in favor of Art Modell. I just tell the truth." Questions persist because McDonough's son, Terry, is an Atlanta- based scout for the Browns. Terry has scouted college games for the Browns since '92, but McDonough said "if you play things down the middle and tell the truth, there's no problem." The BEACON JOURNAL's R.D. Heldenfels writes of McDonough's coverage, "it could be what McDonough sees as hard truths are simply unpalatable to Cleveland fans" -- like the lack of city support if the team was forced to stayed in Cleveland under Modell. NBC Sports spokesperson Ed Markey did not know if NBC had ever mentioned McDonough's son's post on the air. Heldenfels concludes that both McDonough and NBC "would have been better served" by making his family connection more "widely known" (Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 12/22).