ESPN has declared every New York Post reporter persona non grata on its programming in retaliation for the paper's printing photos taken from a nude video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, Newsday reports. The move will affect several Post reporters who regularly appear on ESPN TV and its radio outlet. Andrews plans legal action against any media that publish material from the illicit video.
"Erin was grievously wronged here, and while we understand the Post's decision to cover this as a news story, their running photos obtained in such a fashion went well beyond the boundaries of common decency in the interest of sensationalism," said an ESPN exec. "This is not a decision we undertook lightly, but we feel it is an appropriate one."