The craziest sports story of the weekend comes via a high school football game televised on ESPN on Sunday afternoon.
ESPN aired a game between IMG Academy (Florida) and Bishop Sycamore (Ohio) on Sunday afternoon. IMG Academy won in a blowout, 58-0. The score of the game isn’t what’s crazy, though.
According to ESPN’s announcers – and multiple reports since the game ended – the Worldwide Leader was essentially “duped” by Bishop Sycamore. The “possibly fake” high school lied about its roster. It also played a game on Friday evening.
“Bishop Sycamore told us they had a number of Division I prospects on their roster,” ESPN announcer Anish Shroff said. “To be frank, a lot of that we could not verify.”
Sorry. They had no business being in that game today. None. I feel bad for the kids. Player health and safety was at risk today. It was uncomfortable for anyone who watched. https://t.co/Eq39vdywLm
— Anish Shroff (@AnishESPN) August 29, 2021
We’re starting to learn more about the craziness of the situation.
“They played a defender on Sunday that’s originally a 2020 from Florida. Kid has reported over two dozen fake offers. Showed up once to a 7v7 tryout and used a fake ID. His HUDL is also fake. Amazing,” Andrew Ivins of 247Sports tweeted.
Reading so many stories on Bishop Sycamore today, so let me share this one – They played a defender on Sunday that’s originally a 2020 from Florida. Kid has reported over two dozen fake offers. Showed up once to a 7v7 tryout and used a fake ID. His HUDL is also fake. Amazing.
— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) August 30, 2021
It’s unclear if there will be any consequences for Bishop Sycamore moving forward. One thing is probably clear, though: they won’t be appearing on ESPN again.