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SBD/December 19, 2013/Media
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Published December 19, 2013
FAIR SHAKE: ESPN Ombudsman Robert Lipsyte wrote sideline reporter Heather Cox's interview with Florida State QB Jameis Winston following the ACC championship game was "one of the more appropriate and professional interviews of the season." ESPN Exec VP/Production John Wildhack in an e-mail wrote, "I thought Heather did an excellent job. Given this was the first time Jameis spoke since the announcement, we felt an obligation to ask questions which pertained to the case." Lipsyte: "I would make a case that Cox’s questions could justifiably have been more pointed and that the unanswered question about Winston’s prior silence could have been asked sooner." Meanwhile, the net's coverage of the "'Famous Jameis' circus leading up to the Duke game ... was suitably restrained." ESPN analysts "went out of their way to remind the audience that issues more serious than X’s, O’s and trophies were involved" (ESPN.com, 12/18).