[UPDATE] California publisher lifts WFAA sports anchor’s Michael Sam commentary

Update: The paper now says publisher Hews “did not properly attribute information contained in the article.” Texas sportscaster Dale Hansenā€˜s name was inadvertently left off the editorial, and we regret this error.” Hews tweets that it was “an honest mistake.”

Bad move: The publisher of the Los Cerritos Community News plagiarizes the Michael Sam commentary that went viral last week.


Publisher Brian Hews lifts passages from WFAA-TV sports anchor’s widely reported “Celebrating Our Differences” commentary. I left a message for Hews this morning after my call went to voicemail.

WFAA-TV’s Dale Hansen on February 10:

You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You’re the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft.

You kill people while driving drunk? That guy’s welcome.

Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they’re welcome.

Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away?

You lie to police trying to cover up a murder?

We’re comfortable with that.

You love another man? Well, now you’ve gone too far!

Brian Hews on February 14:

This is the NFL’s world:

You beat a woman, drag her down a flight of stairs almost pulling her hair out by the roots, and you’re drafted fourth in the NFL.

You kill people while driving drunk, and the guy is welcome in the NFL.

You get caught in a hotel room with illegal drugs and prostitutes and the NFL says that’s okay.

You pay a woman after you rape her to cover up the crime and the NFL is comfortable with that.

You love another man … now you have got [sic] too far.

There are even more passages lifted by Hews.