Adam Schefter and ESPN are in the crosshairs over the way the Schefter reported the news that Dalvin Cook and his ex-girlfriend, Sgt. 1st Class Gracelyn Trimble, are accusing each other of domestic violence.
Cook is being sued by Trimble, who accused the Vikings running back of “giving me a concussion, leaving a scar on my face and taking me through hell” in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, per the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.
Adam Schefter’s first tweet about the news was to relay Cook’s allegations, via his agent, that he had been a victim of domestic violence and extortion.
About 2.5 hours after his initial report on the matter, Schefter shared an ESPN story that detailed Trimble’s allegations.
Trimble’s attorney, Daniel Cragg, ripped ESPN for this sequence of reporting.
“ESPN’s journalistic malpractice yesterday sends a painfully clear message to billions of girls and women around the world that they should be afraid to come forward because media companies like ESPN are more interested in protecting the powerful celebrities that make them money, rather than engaging in honest reporting and competent journalism,” Cragg said in a statement to USA Today.
The Star-Tribune, in reporting on Trimble’s lawsuit against Cook, shared disturbing messages between Cook and his ex-girlfriend, in which she sent him a photo of herself with cuts and bruises on her face that she said Cook had caused. He apologized, saying the situation had gotten out of hand.
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The Post reached out to ESPN for comment about the statement from Trimble’s attorney and will update the story if there is a response.