Adam Schefter, one of ESPN's most prominent NFL reporters, appears to have violated typical journalistic standards in a newly-revealed email he sent in 2011 to Bruce Allen, who at the time was general manager of Washington Football Team (WFT).
According to email exchanges filed as exhibits in a court case by WFT owner Dan Snyder in June of this year, Schefter emailed Allen an unpublished draft of a story he'd co-authored about the NFL. Referring to Allen as "Mr. Editor," he sought Allen's feedback on the story. It is generally considered an ethical violation to provide sources with the full draft of an unpublished article, even for fact-checking purposes.
"Please let me know if you see anything that should be added, changed, tweaked," Schefter wrote. "Thanks, Mr. Editor, for that and the trust." According to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported on the court documents, that story was published later in the day.