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The story at it’s basic roots stems from former writer and analyst Sarah Phillips, who had become somewhat of a phenom when it comes to writing about gambling. This quick recognition led Phillips to a job with Covers.com as well as a job writing for ESPN Page 2, now known as ESPN Playbook.
While writing for Covers.com (a gambling/advice site), the talented young woman was thrown into question as to whether she was even real as her cover photos never actually seemed to be consistent, implying that Phillips had multiple identities that are still unknown.
Sparking a debate, this has led to a report released by Deadspin.com with accusations pouring out in regards to ‘Sarah Phillips’ scamming at least 2 different men in connection with her writing while at Covers.com and ESPN.com.
In response to the accusations and backlash, ESPN has promptly fired Sarah Phillips, cutting ties completely with the talented writer.
As to the accusations themselves, full accounts of the scams can be read in detail at Deadspin.com, who have done an incredible job at investigating the on-going saga that is Sarah Phillips.
The inner workings of this entire story is still a mystery to many, however it seems as though ESPN took the correct measures in firing and cutting ties with the real and/or fake Sarah Phillips.
How do the situations involving former ESPN employee Sarah Phillips deserve to be handled?
Sarah is also on Twitter and she'll occasionally (I assume just occasionally) announce her plays. Not sure if anyone has tracked her record of her posted Twitter plays, but she does quite well. Occasionally I have rode along with her plays and I've won more than I've lost. Sometimes she'll just say what her plays is, sometimes she'll post a screen shot of her 5Dimes wagers. However, she tends to post screen shots of her big plays well after a game has started and she's on the right side of it what seems like every time. Has anyone else noticed this? I think it's strange that I rarely see any of her big plays posted BEFORE a game has started. Thoughts?
It’s hard to maintain anonymity as a prominent presence on the web, a place that never forgets your name or loses your picture, but still, even after the article went into great depth about the mystery of Sarah Phillips, accused of manipulating people into unfair business ventures, one question remains.
Who the hell is Sarah Phillips? We have plenty of Sarah Phillips images and photos below.
The story ran at 4:37 p.m. yesterday and by 6 o’clock was updated with the following message:
Sarah Phillips has been let go by ESPN. An ESPN spokesman just told me: “We’ve ended our freelance relationship with her.”
As Phillips became a contributor to Covers.com, the picture that appeared with her byline portrayed a young, beautiful woman. The problem? The pictures, and there were many, were clearly of different people, some recognized by readers as photos from other websites.
She gave out names of phantoms and ghosts, the article alleges, who supposedly were employed by ESPN in an apparent attempt to legitimize the scam. While she didn’t comment on the story, she is still on Twitter and came out last night with a barrage of tweets attempting to explain away the situation – or at least remind us all that to every story, there are, in fact, two sides.
The story is just bizarre. I’m very excited to learn more as details will hopefully continue to find light. Phillips swears that the current avatar photo on her Twitter and the woman appearing in the video in the article is in fact who she is. Given how many other pictures have supposedly been the real Sarah Phillips, you’ll have to forgive my skepticism.
On Tuesday Deadspin wrote a story entitled, "Is an ESPN columnist scamming people on the Internet?" which looked into whether the gambling writer for the worldwide leader in sports was actually a real person and into her involvement in Internet scams.
Less than 90 minutes after Deadspin published its piece, an ESPN spokesman told the popular sports website that it had ended its freelance relationship with Phillips.
The Deadspin piece is more than 5,000 words and details a lot of shadiness on Phillips' behalf, but one of the most bizarre aspects of the ordeal is Phillips using multiple different pictures of what appear to be different people as her column photos.
The controversy begins with her debut column at Covers.com where she uses three different pictures of herself within the story. From first glance the photographs used in the initial column do not match the photos Phillips used when she made the move to ESPN.
She went from a blonde to a brunette and looked like a totally different person. The reason for the drastic change appears to be that she actually was a different person in the initial photographs.
The blonde in her initial photos has been identified as Ivy Smith, an Oregon hairdresser, according to multiple people on Twitter. In her initial column she points to the picture as Sarah, but Larry Brown Sports discovered Smith's MySpace account and the two pictures seem to match up.
That could mean that Phillips just used a fake picture from the beginning, as she seemed to suggest on Twitter, or that perhaps this is the elaborate scheme of someone behind the scenes using pictures of attractive females as part of a business strategy.
The most recent digging up by Awful Announcing and other Internet sleuths shows that a Phillips does appear to exist. Phillips reportedly graduated from an Oregon area high school in 2007 and photographs from her school yearbook have been posted online.
That information makes the story even more confusing and complicated, but it seems to somewhat confirm that she exists.
But it still doesn't answer a lot of the questions that Deadspin and others have raised.
Still at least one debate can be answered through her pictures. Is the woman pictured in the initial Covers column the same as the one that was writing for ESPN? You be the judge.