Adam Schefter got into trouble with his handling of the Dalvin Cook assault allegations that came to light on Tuesday night.
Schefter, ESPN’s NFL insider, reported that Cook had been a “victim of domestic abuse” and an extortion plot, via information he obtained from Cook’s agent, Zac Hiller.
An incident occurred more than a year ago when a female U.S. military sergeant used a stolen door opener to enter Cook’s home and attack a Cook and Cook guest, according to Hiller. “The military sergeant hit Cook directly in the eye immediately after he entered illegally,” Hiller said
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 10, 2021
However, Cook has since been accused of domestic violence in a lawsuit by his ex-girlfriend, Gracelyn Trimble. She claimed that Cook “abused her physically” and accused the Vikings running back of “giving me a concussion, leaving a scar on my face and taking me through hell.”
Trimble’s cause was first reported by The tribune of the stars, and contained a lot of information that was not in Schefter’s original report. This has led many to wonder why Schefter, who works for a national media with far more resources than The Star Tribune, was unable to get their hands on this information.
In fact, Trimble’s attorney, Daniel Cragg, went after Schefter for his report and called him “journalistic malpractice.”
“ESPN’s journalistic neglect yesterday sends a painfully clear message to billions of girls and women around the world that they should be afraid to step up because media companies like ESPN are more concerned with protecting the powerful celebrities who make them money, rather than than engaging in honest reporting and competent journalism, “Cragg’s said in a statement to USE TODAY.
Schefter acknowledged the shortcomings of his reporting during an appearance on SportsCenter.
“In a case like this, it’s important to contact all parties for information and comments,” Schefter said. “When I got the information the other night, I didn’t. I could have done a better job reaching out to other people, especially on a story as sensitive and meaningful as this one. I didn’t do it correctly. And it’s a reminder to slow down in this world “.
This is the second time in months that Schefter has been targeted for his serve. He was criticized last month for an email he sent to former Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen asking him to reread the entire 2011 story that Schefter wrote. Schefter responded to this criticism also.
Despite Schefter backtracking in his reporting process, Cook maintained his innocence. He first spoke about the allegations at a press conference on Wednesday.
“I just want everyone to know that I am the victim in this situation”, Cook said. “The truth and the details of the situation will come out later.
“I’d like to investigate the situation. But I don’t think it would be a good idea for me to sit here and talk about a situation being handled somewhere else.”