At ESPN, our reputation and credibility with viewers, readers and listeners are of paramount concern. While our goal is always to be accurate and fair, occasionally we will present an erroneous assertion of fact. Significant errors of fact will be corrected in a clear and timely manner, with appropriate prominence.
Correctable errors involve a significant factual mistake, or materially change the implication or connotation of the reporting. This policy is not intended to cover inconsequential factual errors, such as minor statistical mistakes, inadvertent and immaterial misidentifications, minor inaccuracies in a developing story or font errors that don't impair the viewers' understanding of a story.
Each unit at ESPN -- such as Studio, Remote, Magazine, Radio, ESPN.com and other networks -- will implement this policy in a manner applicable to its medium. Corrections of significant factual errors across all media, as warranted, will be posted on ESPN.com's corrections page for a period of time.
ESPN produces 24/7 programming and services, across many platforms and under fierce deadline pressures. Mistakes are inevitable. A meaningful policy for correcting significant errors will engender trust with viewers, listeners and readers. ESPN's willingness to correct mistakes, as necessary, is directly proportional to our credibility with our audiences. ESPN will regularly review and amend the policy as warranted.
Browns social media exchangeSeptember 14, 2021 7:32 PM
ESPN incorrectly reported on a Twitter exchange between the Cleveland Browns and a fan. We later learned the exchange had been Photoshopped, and that no such exchange occurred. Updated story
Tamarick Vanover caseSeptember 8, 2021 6:32 PM
ESPN incorrectly stated the case against Tamarick Vanover in the original version of this story. Court documents say he recruited three other former NFL players into the plan, and assisted in filing claims that yielded those players $159,510 in benefits for medical equipment that was not actually provided. Updated story
Oscar Valdez's next opponentJune 10, 2021 7:47 PM
A June 10 story on ESPN.com incorrectly stated that veteran Andrew Cancio was next in line to face WBC junior lightweight champion Oscar Valdez. Valdez's next opponent for his voluntary title defense should be Robson Conceicao, not Cancio, according to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum. Updated story
NBA Chauvin verdict/Jacob BlakeApril 18, 2021 5:15 PM
On April 18, 2021, ESPN incorrectly reported that Jacob Blake was unarmed when he was shot seven times by Kenosha, Wisconsin, police. Blake said in an interview with Good Morning America on Jan. 14, 2021 that he was carrying a small pocket knife, which he said he had initially dropped. Updated story
Bluefield College diversity dataFebruary 13, 2021 11:19 PM
A Feb. 11 story on ESPN.com incorrectly attributed Bluefield racial enrollment data to a 2019 school census and erroneously stated that nearly 84% of the school's student population identified as white and more than 10% identified as Black. 61% of the school's student population identified as white and 21% as Black, according to 2018 racial enrollment data provided to the National Center for Education Statistics. Updated story
Miami Dolphins coaching changeJanuary 4, 2021 3:26 PM
On Jan. 4, 2021, ESPN published an incorrect story on Monday involving Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. The story has been removed from ESPN.com, and replaced with this correction. The story was also mentioned on the 1 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter. No ESPN reporters reported on Gailey or the Dolphins, or were involved in the error, which was made internally. It was on ESPN.com for about 20 minutes. Updated story