Mike Freeman (columnist)
Mike Freeman is a columnist for Bleacher Report. He has previously written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Boston Globe and Florida Times-Union and CBSSports.com. He is also the author of five books, including a biography on Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden. His book ESPN: The Uncensored History, which alleged sexual harassment, drug use and gambling, was the first critical study of ESPN.
In January 2004, Freeman resigned before starting a columnist job at The Indianapolis Star after he was discovered lying about his education, specifically falsely claiming a college degree. Tom Jolly, sports editor at The New York Times, said "Mike's career here speaks for itself, he did some great work here". Freeman subsequently said "There are no excuses and I have never made any. Never will either. I’ll get my degree this summer or fall and start my pursuit of an advanced degree the following spring."
Freeman's columns have included accusations of racism and sexism against his colleagues in the New York press. He was unsuccessfully sued for libel by golfer John Daly, with a circuit judge ruling that "Freeman's statements were either true or constitutionally protected opinion". In 2002 Freeman called for a tougher program from the National Football League for monitoring off-the-field violence and drug use.
- Off the Bookshelf, The Austin Chronicle, June 16, 2000
- Bristol Stomp, Sports Illustrated, April 3, 2000
- Could Freeman Return to 'NY Times?', Editor and Publisher, Monday, January 12 2004
- Interview with Mike Freeman, The Big Lead, March 12, 2007
- Mike Freeman Chums the Waters, and the Sports Sharks Are Biting, The New York Observer, November 12, 2000
- Daly's libel suit doesn't go forward, ESPN, March 23, 2009
- Myriam Miedzian, Boys Will be Boys: Breaking the Link Between Masculinity and Violence, lv.