Adam Schefter’s journalist ethics have been called out a lot in the past month or so. The first time was unveiled emails regarding the WFT scandal.
This time around, Schefter was being blasted for how he handled the Dalvin Cook allegations. The ESPN reporter issued a statement on air regarding his initial reporting on the Dalvin Cook domestic abuse and extortion allegations, saying that “it’s a reminder to slow down.”
The NFL insider reported that the running back is the victim of domestic abuse and extortion and tweeted out additional details about the alleged incident from Cook’s agent, Zac Hiller. It made social media immediately take Cook’s side until the Star Tribune shared their breaking news story that Cook is facing a lawsuit from a former girlfriend alleging assault, battery and false imprisonment and included details from the complaint.
Over the next hour, Schefter shared statements from the Vikings and the league about the matter as well as a lengthy statement from Cook’s attorney.
Schefter appeared on Wednesday evening’s “SportsCenter” to give the latest update and addressed criticism of how he went about initially reporting the story.
“In a case like this, it’s important to reach out to all sides for information and comment,” Schefter said. “When I got the information the other night, I didn’t do that, and I could have done a better job reaching out to the other people, especially on a story as sensitive and as significant as this. Didn’t do that properly, and it’s a reminder to slow down in this world.”
Cook has been accused of assaulting Trimble, his ex-girlfriend, last November. Cook alleges that Trimble entered his home without permission, maced him and his friends, and held them at gunpoint.