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ESPN's Buster Olney addresses feud with MLB insider Jon Heyman with Bradford & Tomase

February 18, 2018 - 9:58 am

ESPN’s Buster Olney addressed his spat with fellow MLB insider Jon Heyman with Rob Bradford and John Tomase on Saturday. 

Last week, Olney tweeted the Red Sox and infielder Eduardo Nunez agreed to a deal, pending a physical. Robert Murray from FanRag Sports, where Heyman now works, tweeted the same scoop before Olney. This prompted Heyman to lash out at Olney, accusing the longtime scribe of being unethical.

Olney says the backlash caught him by surprise.

“I just try to do my work. I retweet a lot of people's work. John, I've retweeted your work. I retweet Rob's work. I did a column where I credit reporter's links and send out different things like that,” he said. “I feel like when it comes to chasing news, I want to do my own work. I'm not always attuned to who did something first. The other day I'm in LaGuardia Airport, someone texts me and says this thing with Nunez might be coming together. I make a couple of phone calls and send it to ESPN. I tweet it out. I get on the plane the next day, and I'm getting blasted for not giving (attribution). I feel like it's really over the top with this whole thing of who got it first. As reporters who work for different news organizations, we're supposed to track down all of these various levels of 'it's close, it's really close, it's pending, it's an agreement.’”

Olney also appeared to take a shot at Heyman’s affiliation with MLB Network, likening in-house reporters to press spokesmen.

“I'm not going to steal somebody else's work. If you're paid by the entity you're covering, you sacrifice the position of 'you have to give me credit,’” Olney explained. “We don't credit Sarah Huckabee Sanders when she says, 'There's the scoop from the White House.’”