Deadspin Apologizes For Gardner Football Story: ‘We Fucked Up’

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October 16, 2014 3:43 p.m.

Deadspin published Thursday afternoon an extended apology for its story released Wednesday that falsely accused Colorado GOP Senate nominee Cory Gardner of lying about his high school football career.

The post, authored by Deadspin editor Tommy Craggs, repeated what Craggs had told the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple earlier in the day: Deadspin’s primary source for the story had “unsaid” what he had previously told Deadspin reporter Dave McKenna about whether Gardner played high school football.

“We fucked up,” Craggs wrote. “After the story was published, the main source we’d relied on reversed himself on a key point, and the central thrust of the report turns out to have been wrong. For that we’re sorry and embarrassed.”

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