National Signing Day was almost a week ago, and Michigan pulled out all the stops for an over-the-top event that featured a number of celebrities including former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, pro wrestling legend Ric Flair and former Michigan star Desmond Howard, among others.
It was a great day for the Wolverines, who landed No. 1 overall recruit Rashan Gary, but one man at the event who did not enjoy himself was ESPN’s Todd McShay who, speaking to SI.com, said that attending was a “mistake.”
“I completely understand that I made a mistake and clearly should have discussed this appearance with ESPN in advance,” McShay said. “I will obviously learn from this situation, and in no way will this compromise the quality or objectivity of my work going forward.”
ESPN confirmed that McShay was not paid to appear at Michigan’s glorified pep rally, hosted by Jeter’s website The Players’ Tribune, but it does look strange that he was there and not as a member of the press. He actually had a role in the show, and that creates something of a conflict of interest.
The good news is that McShay has owned up to what happened, is aware that attending the event wasn’t the best of ideas and, hopefully, all involved parties have moved on.
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