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Report: Sherdog in Trouble Again

Promoted to the front page from the FanPosts by Luke Thomas.

According to MMAPayout, there has been a lawsuit filed in regards to some journalistic practices involving an article by Jason Probst, a source of that article, and of course, Loretta Hunt is somehow involved:

The genesis of the suit between Maysey and Hall/Crave originated over an article that appeared on Sherdog titled Putting a Price on Fame by Jason Probst. The situation began when Maysey authored an article on the UFC merchandising agreement that appeared on his MMAFA blog. Editor for Sherdog Loretta Hunt received a copy of the article and actively engaged Maysey to work with Sherdog on a similar merchandising article. Maysey would further go on to write portions of the article and edit the final piece, according to his suit. Hunt also made promises that Maysey would be called as a source for the article.

Just prior to publishing Maysey argued that his article was posted first and made public first, but was not cited as the original source in Sherdog’s article. Hunt argued that he was not a "media outlet" and thus, citation was not necessary. Maysey submitted correspondence and other documents to the ESPN.com ombudsman in regards to improper citation in the Probst Article. Joe Hall of Sherdog submitted a reply to ESPN’s inquiry regarding improper citation. Hall’s email to ESPN makes no mention of "media outlet." Maysey’s suit allges Hall’s email accuses Maysey of criminal activity, and otherwise grossly misrepresents the facts surrounding his contributions to the Probst Article. Maysey also argues Hall’s reply to ESPN attacked the professional and personal integrity of Plaintiff, and blatantly misrepresented facts throughout.

This is somewhat a rising issue with blogs, the MMA media, and other sources of news in the world of MMA. It's also an everyday thing within the news media. Citing sources just like citing this article by MMAPayout are essential to avoiding legal hassles, and of course, giving credit where credit is due.

According to the lawsuit, the argument was that Maysey wasn't a media outlet, so a citation wasn't necessary. Any legal eagles want to decipher that? Citation necessary or not, I still think Sherdog should have cited Maysey's article. He did, after all, do the legwork.

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