Eskin Sword Fights with Daily News Writers
Two weeks ago, he needlessly called out Roy Halladay out for not being accessible to the media. Halladay, to his credit, has spoken with several media outlets since the season ended. He just hasn't spoken to Howard.
On Friday, Eskin had Rams head coach Steve Spagnulo on his show, which was broadcasting live from radio row in Dallas. Yesterday, Eagles beat writer Paul Domowitch, also in Dallas, wrote a story with quotes from Spagnulo talking about the Eagles promotion of Juan Castillo. Eskin believes those quotes were stolen from his radio interview.
On his Twitter:
The quotes in Philly on line from St Louis Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnulo came from MY interview with Spags on 610 WIP on Friday afternoon .
Glad I could help philly.com and inquirer with the quotes from rams head coach concerning Juan Castillo.
A bold accustation. One which Paul Domowitch disagrees with:
How to put this nicely: Howard Eskin is a scumbag and he'd be wise not to get near me.
Phillies beat writer David Murphy does an excellent job of breaking down the quotes on his blog and goes as far as to call Eskin a test tube baby…
Sometime yesterday evening, Howard Eskin — or somebody using a Twitter account under his name — publicly accused Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch of lifting an interview of Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo from 610-WIP and passing it off as his own. For those of you who may not be familiar with Eskin, he used to host a popular sports radio talk show in Philadelphia. If that still does not ring a bell, he's the guy you will occasionally see holding a microphone behind Andy Reid on the sidelines at Eagles games, the one who bears a slight resemblance to something you might get if Chewbacca and Conan O'Brien produced a test tube baby.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: I generally think Howard's style, which cuts through the crap so many PR folks feed to the media, is a breath of fresh air in this city. That probably puts me in the minority, but it's the truth. However, lately, Howard has been completely wrong in his accustations against the top athlete in the city and one of the more respected beat writers around.
His piece on Halladay came across as nothing more than a jealous rant on someone who wouldn't give him the time of day. And now, this public accusation against Domowitch, who would have no incentive to steal unsourced quotes from the radio, appears to be an equally unfounded claim. Before publicly criticizing people, one needs to make sure their accusations are accurate. Even if it is an attention getting move, it casts a shadow of doubt on respected individuals like Halladay and Domowitch.
Of course, anything that leads to a David Murphy Chewbacca reference is a win in my book.