An ESPNEWS anchor has been suspended for an indefinite period for lifting portions of a newspaper column and using them in a script without attributing where the passage originated.
Will Selva, an anchor at ESPN for three years, issued an apology Wednesday for taking all but of a few words from the lead of a column written by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, previewing Tuesday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs.
Selva, who anchored the overnight “Highlight Express,” which repeated through the morning, used Ding’s sentences virtually verbatim to set up the game highlights. In a statement issued by ESPN, Selva said he had been researching stories from local newspapers, and came across Ding’s column. Selva said he cut and pasted the story into his script, but forgot to write his own words.
ESPNEWS Anchor Will Selva Suspended for Plagiarism (San Francisco Chronicle)