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10 Oct 2005

Sports Illustrated Settles Mike Price Suit

We talked before around here about the Mike Price lawsuit against Sports Illustrated, so here's a link to the magazine's statement about settling the case. Still no explanation for why a reporter would conduct an interview without taking notes, pay a source, or give a donation to a politician's campaign before interviewing him.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 10 Oct 2005

11 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2005, 12:31pm by kleph


by Russell (not verified) :: Mon, 10/10/2005 - 11:58am

I'm somewhat surprised by this result. If Price really was trying to repair the damage to his reputation, he didn't get much of a concession out of SI, since they were allowed to "continue to stand behind their story." Could be that though Yeagar's methods for collecting the story were highly dubious, it wasn't that inaccurate. We'll never know.

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Mon, 10/10/2005 - 12:04pm

"Both parties have agreed that the terms of the resolution are confidential."

ahh shoot, that's no fun

so we'll never know

best guess is:

Price WAS doing something that night that he wasn't especially proud of, but his actions were, shall we say, "embellished" by Yeager's sources

so both sides had (have) something to hide

by Sophandros (not verified) :: Mon, 10/10/2005 - 12:16pm

So the general content of what happened was true (Price was messing around) but the exact details weren't. Hmmm, sounds familiar, but certain people wanted to throw the baby out with the bathwater when this happened to someone who is much less competent than Price.

by RowdyRoddyPiper (not verified) :: Mon, 10/10/2005 - 12:30pm

The fact that both sides keep it confidential really doesn't indicate anything one way or the other. When an individual goes up against a news organization it's rare to get a flat out retraction. It appears that the more outrageous the smear the harder it is to get it retracted. I'm sure that Price felt a retraction wouldn't repair his reputation and he'd rather have the money now than get into a long expensive battle and get the retraction later. SI realizes whatever the cash they have to pay him now pales in comparison to the reputational hit retracting the story would cause.

This is status quo...gooooo mainstream journalism.

by Adam (not verified) :: Mon, 10/10/2005 - 1:35pm

That SI still stands behind the story, as part of the settlement, suggests to me that the discovery process just hit (or was about to start deposing) a witness whose testimony was not going to be helpful to Price, and he wanted a dignified way to end things.

by JonL (not verified) :: Mon, 10/10/2005 - 1:52pm

Roll Tide!

by kleph (not verified) :: Mon, 10/10/2005 - 2:11pm

so much for confidentiality (from the AP story)... Price was expected to discuss the agreement at a news conference later Monday in Texas

does anyone know the outcome of price's suit against the university for his firing?

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Mon, 10/10/2005 - 6:25pm

Time/Warner's motive to settle may have been that there confidential sources were not ptotected from deposition, and the media giant didn't want to set a precedent of revealing sources.

by Sid (not verified) :: Mon, 10/10/2005 - 9:12pm

RE: 8

Strong possibility. That's often the case in these kinds of lawsuits.

by MDS (not verified) :: Mon, 10/10/2005 - 9:48pm

I'm sure that was part of it, Will. It had already been ruled that Yaeger wasn't protected by Alabama's shield law, so if the case had gone to trial he would have been required to testify.

BTW, Will, I always enjoy your comments over at Washington Monthly. I think you're the only person whose comments I've followed on two completely unrelated Web sites.

by kleph (not verified) :: Thu, 10/13/2005 - 12:31pm

This sordid mess simply will not die.

Time - who owns SI - now has requested the settlement be dismissed saying Price and his lawyer violated an agreement to make only limited public comments about the deal.

Click my name for the link to the item on Romenesko's media news page that has links to all the relevant articles.