Leading up to the draft, Jameis Winston and his camp had had it with what it considered unfair coverage by ESPN, and it did something to get back at the network — and it was clever.
ESPN and the NFL Network are supposed to rotate each year on who gets the first interview with the No. 1 pick. Since the NFL Network got to interview Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney in 2014, it was was ESPN’s turn this year.
But it didn’t work that way. The NFL Network scored the first interview with Winston. Why? Because members in Winston’s camp — upset with ESPN’s coverage of Winston prior to the draft — left ESPN twisting in the wind, according to Sports Illustrated.
So, Winston talked first with NFL Network’s Steve Wyche. While he eventually spoke with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, no one saw that interview during the draft because Winston talked with ESPN well after he was chosen. For the competing sports networks, getting the No. 1 pick first is a huge deal, and Winston stood up to ESPN.
So there, ESPN.