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SI's Andy Staples Calls Out ESPN's Heather Cox For Stealing From His Laquon Treadwell Story

We have a late night media feud brewing tonight. The Ole Miss Rebels are currently tearing apart Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and star receiver Laquon Treadwell is a major reason why, catching five passes for 80 yards and a touchdown so far. Treadwell, of course, missed much of last season after going down with a fractured ankle while stretching for a potential game-winning touchdown against Auburn. Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples wrote a great feature on Treadwell's recovery a few weeks ago, featuring this passage:

Treadwell realizes that while he always worked hard, he would sometimes sweat for the sake of sweating. "I really got the mental side of it," Treadwell says. "It's not just working hard. It's knowing what you're working on and working for a purpose." Given that perspective, the injury could wind up helping Treadwell's career. "In the long run, I think it's going to be better for him," Heard says. "He got to see."

During tonight's broadcast, ESPN sideline reporter Heather Cox used a number of unattributed quotes from Staples' story, and that paragraph, including the "sweat for the sake of sweating" line, which is from Staples, and not Treadwell. Naturally, Staples is not happy about it.

">September 20, 2015

">September 20, 2015

Ole Miss leads Alabama 43-30 midway through the fourth quarter.