ESPN Anchor Plagiarizes Lakers Reporter’s Story

In a blog entry in the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Tuesday night, longtime Lakers beat reporter Kevin Ding made a serious accusation of an ESPN-TV anchor.

ESPN Will Selva plagiarizes Kevin Ding of OC Register

Ding claimed that ESPN News anchor Will Selva had plagiarized his December 26 story about the Lakers in the Register, reading the lede of Ding’s piece word-for-word in his open to Lakers-Spurs highlights on ESPN News early Wednesday morning.

Ding:

Hey, Will Selva of ESPNEWS. Glad you liked my last column so much. Try not to plagiarize it next time.

I got back to my hotel room late Tuesday night after the Lakers-Spurs game and turned on ESPNEWS’ “Highlight Express” show. Imagine my shock when anchor Will Selva proceeded to use the first several paragraphs of my column looking forward to the game as his lead-in to the highlights.

I mean, word for word.

Christmas isn’t over yet, Lakers fans.

The big game, it turns out, will be the game after the supposed Game of the Year.

In San Antonio on Tuesday night, the Lakers will be out to give themselves and their fans the much-needed gift of hope.

Honestly, it wasn’t my best lead, come to think of it. Sorry about that, Will.

Unbelievable.

Thanks to a website that transcribes virtually every word said on ESPN TV outlets, I was able to check up on Ding’s damning accusation of Selva today.

Here’s what Selva said early Wednesday morning as his introduction to Lakers-Spurs highlights on ESPN News:

00:04:41 >> Christmas isn’t over yet.
00:04:43 The big game I it turns out is the game after the supposed game of f the year.
00:04:47 In san antotonio, on tuesday night, t the l lakers w were out to give t themselves and t their fans the much-needed gift of hope.

And here, again, is what Ding wrote in the OC Register on Dec. 26:

Christmas isn’t over yet, Lakers fans.

The big game, it turns out, will be the game after the supposed Game of the Year.

In San Antonio on Tuesday night, the Lakers will be out to give themselves and their fans the much-needed gift of hope.

Ding’s lede was indeed lifted by Selva. Though the well-respected Lakers writer did get one thing wrong in his claim against ESPN.

Selva’s thievery is far from unbelievable.

UPDATE: Selva has formally apologized.


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