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Sarah Phillips ESPN Scandal: Deadspin Exposes Columnist - Who Is She?

May 2, 2012
This is the picture from the Sarah Phillips Twitter account.

Who is Sarah Phillips?

She may be a popular blonde female columnist who used to write gambling columns for ESPN.

Or she might not be.

The confusion is highlighted in an in depth Deadspin investigation presented in this column where the website questioned whether the gambling columnist was concealing her real identity as she built a following on the internet.

Phillips purported to be a female in her early 20s and a gorgeous blonde gambler who was winning big.

No one seems really sure just exactly how much of that is true.

Much of the problem appears to have stemmed from no one really verifying the identity she was writing under online, her column and persona were quite popular, but now questions were starting to be asked if it was really her.

(Whoever she is).

Popularity soars...

Since much of the sports gambling world is male, a young hot blonde college co-ed willing to bet a few thousand dollars on a game and write cute columns seemed an easy sell.

Sarah was getting very popular online in her circle - and just enough to get noticed by Deadspin.

After observing all sorts of discrepancies and a few unexplained items, the website did a little old-fashined reporting and began to investigate.

According to the USA Today, Deadspin had enough information that they posed the possibility that Sarah Phillips didn't really exist, and that her columns were created by a ghost writer who was using her persona.

Deadspin's story also questioned whether the people who hired Phillips at ESPN ever really met her.

After a bit of a buzz began with each new Deadspin revelation, ESPN has finally had enough, they have parted ways with the ESPN columnist known as Sarah Phillips.

An ESPN spokesman revealed to Deadspin after the investigation: "We've ended our freelance relationship with her."

She answers on Twitter:

"I never wanted to be in sports media. It just happened. I concealed my identity so I wasn't a 'gambler' to future employers."

"I made poor choices with who to trust. I'll correct that moving forward. It's not an excuse."

"My avatar is me. My YouTube video is me. I enjoyed my time with ESPN. They were great to me."

"I have severed ties with many people today. I need a new circle. I need to get back to being a 22-year-old."

Sarah has Twitter follower count now just over 65,000 here.

In one of her tweets on Tuesday she writes, "I'm not a victim. We all contributed to these issues in one way or another. I needed to have better control over the situations. I didn't."

(Image: Twitter)

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