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Aso Pogi says Thayer Evans never showed him a tape recorder

This might not be illegal but it looks horrendous for Sports Illustrated.

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Aso Pogi told Jimmie Tramel on Wednesday that Thayer Evans barged into his church and never so much as showed him a tape recorder or took a single note during their conversation.

He never even told him it was an interview.

Here’s Pogi from the article:

He didn’t even take notes. We were just conversing. It was just a conversation in my office. He didn’t take notes. He didn’t pull out a (recorder). He didn’t define anything. He just wanted to talk to me about it, you know? I said, ‘oh, OK.’ Again, I’m thinking that this is something else, like OSU quarterbacks from back in the day and wanting to quote me on what I thought about so-and-so or whatever. That’s really what I thought this was about. He did not put a (recorder) up there and say ‘this is an interview for Sports Illustrated. I’m going to be recording this.’ None of that happened. Absolutely not.

Go read the entire thing right now because the rest of it (and it’s lengthy) is just as dumbfounding.

Also, the taping somebody without them knowing is legal (barely) but hardly ethical. Here’s what the digital media law site has to say about such things (h/t David Ubben on the link):

Federal law permits recording telephone calls and in-person conversations with the consent of at least one of the parties. See 18 U.S.C. 2511(2)(d). This is called a “one-party consent” law. Under a one-party consent law, you can record a phone call or conversation so long as you are a party to the conversation. Furthermore, if you are not a party to the conversation, a “one-party consent” law will allow you to record the conversation or phone call so long as your source consents and has full knowledge that the communication will be recorded.

Since Thayer consented (and why wouldn’t he!) it’s ok but man, that’s as shady as it gets (and I’m a blogger!)

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