Nov 4, 2011

I swear you just can't make this news up.  Keith Clinkscales, former executive of ESPN, is being accused of masturbating while sitting next to Erin Andrews on a plane.  Now Erin Andrews is a famous ESPN reporter who was involved in an infamous peeping tom incident not too long ago.  Well of course Keith has come out and denied all allegations, but that hasn't stopped people from talking. 
Here is what is being reported about the incident:
Deadspin blogger A.J. Daulerio decribes that the spouse of one of Clinkscales' colleagues emailed Deadspin about the incident.

According to Dalerio's source, Clinkscales had been reportedly sitting next to Andrews on a plane when she saw him masturbating underneath his iPad. When he realized that she had seen him, he "panicked and muttered, 'You know, I'm one of your bosses.'"

Andrews, who was the target of a peeping tom in 2008, reportedly spoke to several people about the incident, but ultimately did not go to HR and "just wanted it to go away."

For his part, Clinkscales denies the allegations and claims that his former colleague defamed him "out of spite and racial animus."

Many of you may not be familiar with Keith Clinkscales, but as a fellow FAMU alumnus, I am and that's why these allegations are even more disturbing for me.  Keith is one of FAMU's bright and shiny stars, so I really hope these allegations are baseless.  Keith is the former President and CEO of Vibe magazine from 1993-1999.  He also launched Vanguarde Media, publishing HONEY, Heart & Soul and Savoy magazines until 2003.  He joined ESPN in 2005.


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