Earlier this season, New York Daily News Jets reporter Manish Mehta was reportedly banned from the Jets facilities and had his credentials revoked.
On WFAN’s “Carton & Roberts” Wednesday afternoon, Craig Carton shared some enlightening info on perhaps why that happened.
Carton said he had confirmed a story, which originally surfaced from tweets by former journalist Erika Esola-Imburgio, that Mehta reached out to Jets GM Joe Douglas while “stalking” his son.
“[Mehta] sent Douglas a text message describing the type of ice cream that Joe’s son was eating at a ballgame. …That’s sick,” Carton added. “That’s icky…[The text] went along the lines of ‘Hey Joe, I’m watching your son eat vanilla ice cream out of a Phillies batting helmet.’ That’s cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.”
These are certainly damning allegations, but Esola-Imburgio also added that others on the Jets beat reached out to let her sources were rock solid and confirmed her reporting.
Other stuff she shared included Mehta following Jets CEO Christopher Johnson into an elevator for an interview during the NFL Scouting Combine after being repeatedly told no by Johnson. It also included a tidbit of Mehta telling Douglas at the Senior Bowl he would give him preferential treatment if he agreed to be his source.
The impetus for all this coming out on Wednesday was from tweets shared by Charles McDonald, who wrote for the Daily News and announced on Twitter he was leaving the paper.
McDonald attended the Jets practices and games in Mehta’s absence and shared screenshots of emails from Mehta directing him what questions to ask in the press conference and how he was essentially working as a stand-in for Mehta to continue to report on the team.
McDonald also included a story Mehta wrote that was based off of McDonald’s own observations from practice but there was no indication he contributed to the story.
Carton and WFAN reached out to both Metha and McDonald to join the show. Mehta had originally agreed to come on before backing out due to a family commitment while McDonald said he would let his Twitter feed speak for itself.