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12 Mar 2013
Deadspin has some tape of the general managers shooting the breeze, and it looks like Ryan Fitzpatrick's stock is on the way down.
Posted by: Rivers McCown on 12 Mar 2013
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14 Mar 2013, 11:31am by
Noah of Arkadia
The part about Fitzpatrick "probably fighting for a backup job" was the best line in there, but that's common knowledge to basically everyone. Nothing much else of note.
Crazy that this prank worked. And since Deadspin ran this story, it must all be legal? I know that some places allow you to legally record a private phone conversation without disclosing it to the other party, but this was a third party doing it who didn't disclose they were on the line. I'm rather surprised this didn't violate some law.
It probably is illegal, but suing authenticates it as real, and the Internet doesn't forget.
Most states have charges for simply eavesdropping, but choosing Dominik to impersonate was a worse decision - Florida's a two-party consent state (every participant in a telephone conversation must consent to be recorded), so the pranksters and Deadspin could potentially face Florida criminal and civil penalties.
It's very likely illegal, but that didn't stop Gawker from running the story on the stolen iPhone 4 prototype they bought a couple of years ago. That's how journalism works. Next step is to claim they didn't know it was illegal and refuse to identify the source because of their journalistic "ethics."
So, does this mean that the Bills are drafting a QB for sure?
That was my thought, unless Tavaris Jackson has won the starting job already.
I have no interest on spying on people, and won't be reading the results of this 'prank.' I don't think it's funny - I think it's a dick move.
Potentially the even bigger dick move may be Deadspin setting these young guys up to get prosecuted. Once this was found out, the NFL would have been all over it, anyway, but they sure weren't going to miss it once Deadspin posted the transcript and audio.
Interestingly, I've seen a couple places now refusing to link to Deadspin or post quotes because they weren't sure yet of the legalities. I'd have thought Deadspin would have locked that down prior to running with it. We shall see.
Actually, it's a great story. Better than the conversation itself. You can't make stuff like that up.
I guess what I really want to say is, you've already judged the whole situation from the headline, but you shouldn't without reading. Personally, I think those kids were pretty smart and bold in taking advantage of the circumstances.
FO posters are a peacock. You got to let us fly!
Pretty smart? This has been done for laughs a thousand times before. And bold? If I walked up to you and kicked you in the nuts, that would be bold. Wanna try?
Best case scenario? They get caught, and end up with a criminal record that prevents them from getting a lot of jobs.
Did you read the story? They didn't have a thing planned. Nix called THEM back. Several times. That in itself is hilarious.
Can't hold and improvisation to the same standards as a planned event.
And Fitzpatrick has been released.
Wow. I'm not much for reading tea leaves, but I wonder how related that is to this. I'm thinking "partially" rather than "not at all".
Pos hoc, ergo propter hoc.
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