How many sports reporters check the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court for potential stories? How many have a law degree from Penn? As far as we know, L. Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated belongs to a club of one. A recent Wertheim story, “Wrongly Accused”, about an Omaha man wrongly convicted of murder puts both his legal acumen and writing skill on display.
Wertheim has trotted the globe as a tennis writer. His work has been cited in The Best American Sports Writing anthology four times, as well as Best American Crime Writing. He is the author of six books, including the new Scorecasting, which combines a bit of Freakonomics with a bit of Malcolm Gladwell.
He explained why his story opened and closed at Omaha Central High School, our alma mater, and offered some thoughts about punting on fourth down, in this interview.