ESPN has released a statement after being duped into airing a blowout high school football game between the Florida powerhouse IMG Academy and some random school from Ohio called Bishop Sycamore.
As it turns out, Bishop Sycamore tricked their way into the game by falsely claiming that the program had multiple Division I prospects.
It immediately became clear that was not the case as IMG Academy steamrolled the Ohio squad to the tune of 58-0. During the game, ESPN announcers even ripped into Bishop Sycamore for lying about their level of talent. Of course, ESPN should have done better due diligence.
Because of the embarrassment, ESPN issued a statement on the matter.
“We regret that this happened and have discussed it with Paragon, which secured the matchup and handles the majority of our high school event scheduling,” the statement read. “They have ensured us that they will take steps to prevent this kind of situation from happening moving forward.”
The extent to which the Bishop Sycamore crowd deceived the public has been laughable.
Reading so many stories on Bishop Sycamore today, so let me share this one – They played a defender on Sunday that’s originally a 2020 from Florida. Kid has reported over two dozen fake offers. Showed up once to a 7v7 tryout and used a fake ID. His HUDL is also fake. Amazing.
— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) August 30, 2021
Hey, at least they tried.
On a positive note, IMG Academy is one of the best teams in the country and will have more opportunities to showcase their talent against better opponents moving forward.