Originally posted on Busted Coverage  |  Last updated 2/21/12

Yep, we were duped yesterday on the Terry Francona story. I’ve been at this gig since October 2007 and yesterday’s story, based on what we now know is a phony tipster, is the first time in the history of BC that we were deceived to such a level. I reported that the photos that were sent to us were ‘allegedly’ Terry’s girlfriend. Nope. Then we were sent photos of the chick you see here and told maybe this was his girlfriend. Nope.

Of course we’re now sorry for how the post went down.When first approached about possible photos of Terry and some chick we asked many questions. Where, when, who, etc. In the end, the story told to us was phony. It was just Terry at Shrine at Foxwoods doing his thing. The girlfriend part was a ruse. Why? To teach us a lesson? To ‘get’ BC? To ‘get’ Terry? Who knows. It’s the Internet.

We still stand by the fact that Terry’s PR team told us he’s in divorce talks.

Is BC perfect after posting thousands of posts. Not at all. And unless you’re just rewriting newspaper articles and never dealing with the sludge of the Internet, you’re not perfect either. Of course we’re sorry it came to a phony ‘girlfriend’ story. We apologize to Terry for the girlfriend angle.

As for those certain bloggers who think BC is reckless, enjoy your fun. We’ve refocused our approach to tipsters and won’t stop allowing legit people the forum to share stories that would otherwise be shunned by the mainstream media. Are there landmines out there? Yep. Were we possibly sitting on one way back on December 21, 2010 when some guy named ‘Tom’ emailed us with videos of an alleged Rex Ryan conducting foot fetish videos?

Did we post the videos that night? No. Deadspin did, though, under the headline ‘This May Or May Not Be Rex Ryan’s Wife Making Foot-Fetish Videos.’  Over the next 24 hours I traded approximately 10 emails with ‘Tom’ before running a story on Dec. 22.

Should other Internet sites trust our sludge stories from here on out? That’s up to them. Guess we’ll have to prove to them that this was a serious one-time f-up.



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