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ESPN writer ‘disciplined’ for tweeting fake Nick Saban quotes

Lucy Burdge
August 23, 2017 - 12:16 pm

ESPN says it has “disciplined” Undefeated writer Mike Wise after Wise tweeted a series of fake quotes he attributed to Alabama Nick Saban about race relations.

Wise was sarcastically tweeting about Saban’s comments on the eclipse earlier in the day when Saban seemed less than enthusiastic about the event.

"We'll set it up so if the players want to go out there and get some sunglasses, I guess they can. That's not something that I'm really that focused on right now,” he said.

So Wise apparently used this as the basis of his fake tweets, which were meant to be a joke. However, these tweets are confusing out of context.

He later admitted they were a joke, deleted the tweets and tweeted an apology to Alabama’s sports information director.

“Anyone that took my sarcastic tweets about Nick Saban seriously, my apologies. I'll take them down. Especially to Alabama's SID. My bad,” he wrote.

ESPN said it has “disciplined” Wise, but would not expand on what that means exactly.

Mike Soltys of ESPN PR tweeted, "Yesterday, Mike Wise posted inappropriate tweets about Nick Saban. The tweets were a clear violation of our journalistic standards. Mike has been disciplined. Putting imaginary words in the name of anyone we cover is unacceptable.”

Wise was suspended from the Washington Post in 2010 for tweeting false information that Ben Roethlisberger would be suspended for five games. He did this hoping to trick other outlets into running with the story.

Basically, Wise is a guy with a weird sense of humor and a journalist who is not to be trusted.