By this point, the nature of that connection had changed a little. She was no longer writing about gambling—or what she'd euphemistically called, in her debut column, "sports from a statistical and point-spread perspective." In October, she tweeted a photo showing 13 betting tickets. The tweet was deleted shortly thereafter (you can view it here), and a month later, when a follower on Twitter asked where she made her bets, she responded, "Betting is illegal. I don't make bets."
My favorite part of the article is when it's revealed that she's really good at gambling on WNBA games. That seems like a throw away joke in a 30 Rock episode or something.
"She said I owed her that money in addition to thousands more for reasons unbeknownst to me," he told Deadspin. "She said if I didn't paypal it to her that night she would have the LAPD come to my apartment and rob me. I told her I don't carry cash, and kept a hunting knife by my bed for three weeks." (According to a screengrab of a Gchat conversation, she told him the LAPD would "cordially come by" his apartment to take the money).
I really wonder what possesses people to seemingly deliberately do something so sociopathic and seemingly difficult as to hijack another person's website with seemingly nary a thought for moral considerations.
Not sure they really need money to throw at writers - clearly if Sarah Phillips's writing was compelling, they would have fought this, right?
I was suggesting that she took advantage of her "position" with ESPN to further her own goals, but that said skill could be useful to ESPN had they chosen to keep her on staff.
Having read what there is to read so far on this story, and in the spirit of the events concerned, I am willing to offer anyone interested a $10 bet on my gut instinct that this is indeed exactly the case.
Or rather, to clarify, that Sarah, Nilesh, and Navin are all one person, possibly using the names and identity details of real people to bolster the scam. Or maybe I just love reading about this kind of thing a little too much...
Looks like he got it back.
UPDATE #3: Hey, why wait until the morning! Two more things for now. First, go read this from Nilsen Report. It's a gripping breakdown, complete with screenshots, of one person's shady dealings with "Sarah Phillips." It's completely nuts, and we probably haven't heard the last of this one, either.
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