Came across this whole Sarah J. Phillips debacle yesterday, and was sucked into reading everything I could find about it. The whole thing reads like a freakin mystery novel, and even kind of falls into that Catfish vein.
The short of it: A 22-year-old freelance ESPN writer was duping the world and scamming online readers/writers/creators. This just came out into the open a couple days ago, and I’ve aggregated the articles as best as I can here for you. I did this because I had a hard time finding all the stuff and thought how it’d be nice to just aggregate it into once piece.
I know it’s a lot of reading, but I’ve never seen anything like it. Again, this is easily of the most fascinating media and journalism-related stories I’ve ever read.
So here it is in somewhat chronological order:
- The original investigative report - here.
- Sarah Phillips takes to Twitter, with bits and pieces of a confession - here.
- Take a look at her Twitter account - here.
- One guy’s first hand experience with Phillips trying to scam him - here.
- A couple more scamming victims come out - here.
- Yet another scamming victim gives his side of the story - here.
- ESPN fires Phillips as the story comes out - here.
- Turns out Phillips also acquired some of the most popular parody Twitter accounts on the web through illegal means - here.
- A bit more history comes out about Phillips and her partner in the scam - here.
- Phillips partner in crime emerges as the real puppet master - here.
- This story has wider media ramifications, as detailed in the Huff Post - here.
Just. Freakin. Crazy.