So who is Sarah Phillips? Many people really don’t know who Sarah Phillips from ESPN is but one thing is clear, she has scammed a few people, has a gambling problem and is still talking on Twitter.
People are confused as to who Sarah Phillips who was hired by ESPN because there are multiple pictures of her on different sites she has created content for. Ms. Phillips got her first big gig at a gambling site called Covers.com. The job was offered when Srah was wading her way through content well in the message boards on Covers.com. Sarah was given a weekly column at Covers.com
The story gets more interesting when Lynn Hoppes from ESPN.com contacted Sarah Phillips on Twitter to get in contact with her. This contact landed Sarah her next job writing for ESPN’s Page 2. The scamming and trouble started to get bigger at this point when Sarah Phillips talked Ben, a guy that owned an NBA Memes Facebook Page to give her administrator rights. Sarah offered Ben fast cash with his site in an email that Deadspin.com reveals, “Much-like ESPn.com, pay is determined by views, so the better the meme = better viewership = better pay. It’s a quick way to make some money, and also get your name out there in case you’re interested in working with the sports world.”
Sarah and her partner soon deleted Ben off the powerful Facebook page that had more than 300,000 likes and ran with it. The story goes in twists and turns and Sarah has ended up spilling out her side of the story after she was fired by ESPN over accusations of fraud.
For an extremely detailed account of this whole story and excellent investigative journalism check out DeadSpin.com’s piece on this.
Here is Sarah Phillip’s Twitter Account giving her side of the situation:
I’m not deleting my account. I understand if you unfollow. At the end of the day, there are two sides to every story.
— Sarah Phillips(@SarahPhilli) May 2, 2012
@SarahPhilli I’m not trying to win anyone over, but I realize I compounded the problem by not commenting.
@SarahPhilli I never wanted to be in sports media. It just happened. I concealed my identity so I wasn’t a “gambler” to future employers.
@SarahPhilli I made poor choices with who to trust. I’ll correct that moving forward. It’s not an excuse.
@SarahPhilli My avatar is me. My YouTube video is me. I enjoyed my time with ESPN. They were great to me.
@SarahPhilli I have severed ties with many people today. I need a new circle. I need to get back to being a 22-year-old.
@SarahPhilli I recovered the Facebook page for “Ben.” Truthfully, he and I didn’t communicate much. I learned much of that story today, with you.
@SarahPhilli The story betweet “Matt” and I is complicated. He is a video editor. He pitched the idea of a reality TV show to me. It never panned out.
@SarahPhilli I was then informed by Covers management that he was playing both sides — acting kindly to me, but trashing me to others in MSGs.
@SarahPhilli My friends communicated with him from that point forward. He was aware of this. I wanted no part of the situation.
@SarahPhilli I’m not a victim. We all contributed to these issues in one way or another. I needed to have better control over the situations. I didn’t.
@SarahPhilli Please don’t judge anyone else’s actions as mine. I’ve communicated with many of you. Never asked for anything, always tried to help.
@SarahPhilli Today was a good day. I was able to evaluate everything and move away from sports media. You live and learn. I’m just a fan now.
@SarahPhilli Thanks for your time, sorry for jamming your feeds, and hope to speak with more of you soon. G’night.
Sarah Phillips Fired From ESPN Gambling Column for Alleged Internet Scams
Sarah Phillips, the recently fired ESPN gambling columnist, is doubling down after what appears to be a double fake-out.
Phillips—whose true identity is still somewhat of a mystery—was reportedly hired by ESPN to be a gambling columnist for the network’s website about a year ago. But according to Deadspin.com, the young woman has since used her ESPN position to scam at least two people, demanding they pay her for everything from fictional website advertising to bad gambling advice.
Some have even wondered if Sarah Phillips is a real person or just the name used by a ghostwriter. Whoever she is, an ESPN spokesperson tells Deadspin that Phillips has been terminated. But that hasn’t stopped Phillips from defending herself on Twitter, writing:
“I made poor choices with who to trust. I’ll correct that moving forward. It’s not an excuse.”
Speaking of poor choices, did ESPN really hire a freelance columnist without ever meeting them in person?