‘Picturegate’ threatens peaceful time of year for PTI and “frienemy” Adam Schefter [UPDATED: With PTI "response"]
So much for holiday cheer and good tidings.
Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon noticed that a signed picture of the duo on Adam Schefter’s backdrop bookshelf was being obstructed by a Schefter family wedding photo.
The perceived slight did not sit well with Kornheiser and Wilbon and was mentioned (video above) at the end of yesterday’s show (5:30 p.m. ET daily on ESPN).
“Schefty, we saw what you did, make it right,” Kornheiser said. “You know what I’m saying?”
Wilbon chimed in with a spirited, “YEAH, YEAH!”
The Front Row Investigative Team (FRIT) pounced on the opportunity to get to the bottom of “Picturegate.”
Schefter was unrepentant in his explanation and hinted at a perceived slight from the PTI crew.
“I’ve told PTI over and over, it’s all about one thing: Equal time. Equal time,” Schefter said. “Where’s my [head-on-a-stick] photo been? Haven’t seen it on PTI in weeks.
“Their photo never has left my bookcase,” he said. “I can’t help it if my wife slides our wedding picture in front of two guys who don’t look out for me the same way I look out for them.”
“Order has been restored in my office and on the shelf,” Schefter said. “Hope order soon is restored on their set.”
Front Row has contacted PTI for its response.
[UPDATE: Thursday's PTI featured the return of the Schefter head-on-a-stick photo (see below), albeit with a pencil thin mustache.
The @PTI Twitter account Tweeted at 5:34 p.m. ET: "frienemy @AdamSchefter wanted order restored on the PTI set. http://twitpic.com/blpmdj"
As Kornheiser tossed to Bristol in the "Big Finish" he proclaimed, with the Schefter head over his right shoulder, "Schefty, real recognize real, Baby."
Now, it seems, order has truly been restored.]
Bill Hofheimer contributed to this post.