Last night Kevin Iole printed a letter from a reader that said that Matt Lindland had signed with HDnet, and implied that Matt was an HDNet fighter now. At first, I was flabbergasted : Kevin Iole was breaking news that didn’t drip from the tip of Dana White’s penis? That’s unpossible! And unpossible it was, as I got an email from HDNet marketing’s Megan Magana (hot???) saying this:
Just wanted to clarify something I read today on your site. Mr. Lindland signed with HDNet Fights to broadcast.
That mirrors what one of our readers said as well: Matt didn’t sign to fight with HDNet, he made a deal to show his Sportfight promotion’s events on HDNet. ‘To broadcast’ might also mean commentary or other stuff too.
Now, we’re not perfect at Fightlinker. As fight ‘linkers’ and not fight ‘reporters’, we put the burden of being correct on other websites that we reference. Some would say we’re passing the buck and they would be absolutely correct! But hey … as time goes on we learn pretty quickly who can or can’t be trusted, and while we knew that everything coming from Kevin Iole’s computer had a taint to it, we’re amazed that he would print something that implied Lindland was fighting for HDNet when he’s not.
So at this point we are officially putting Kevin Iole on our blacklist: there is nothing he can report that we will print as fact without a big asterisk beside it saying “WARNING: Kevin Iole is at best an irresponsible source with clear conflict of interest issues, and at worse an incompetent no fact checking douche. Take whatever he says with the world’s largest grain of salt.”