Fans upset over Jay Glazer teasing coronavirus news
Jay Glazer broke the news on Wednesday that Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen has become the first active NFL player to test positive for the coronavirus, but many people feel the way the FOX reporter revealed the information was inappropriate.
Glazer has broken a number of huge NFL scoops over the years, so fans were understandably excited when he teased some big news earlier this week. Glazer specified that the news he was going to break had nothing to do with an NFL transaction, and that only ended up making things worse.
The news I have tonight is not transactional news, not a player getting traded or signed. Woke up to seeing y’all going ape-you-know-what guessing what it is. It’s not what you think. Fox Football Now tonight 11 ET/ 8 PT after race
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) April 15, 2020
Naturally, many fans and followers were still curious about the big piece of news Glazer was sitting on. Shortly after 11 p.m., he reported on “FOX Football Now” that Allen tested positive for COVID-19.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) April 16, 2020
The way Glazer hyped up news related to the coronavirus and a person testing positive for it was not well received. His tweets were ratio’d by people who felt the delivery was in poor taste. Here’s a sampling of the reaction:
Yep, to say it's in poor taste is a massive understatement. Hope he gets serious backlash for this because he deserves it.
— TimPo717 (@TimPo717) April 16, 2020
Bro that’s just wrong that you advertised this as “big news”
— bettsszn (pain) (@dodgerserg) April 16, 2020
Jay… why would you hold onto news re: someone’s personal health. the fact that someone contracting coronavirus seems like news you can pocket, promote and use for publicity is sad and makes me lose a lot of respect for you
— Jack Ramsey: Big Fauci Guy (@jackramseyy) April 16, 2020
Plenty of other fans were simply upset that Glazer hyped something up that they felt wasn’t a big deal at all considering how many people have contracted COVID-19.
Glazer made it clear that his news had nothing to do with football, though that didn’t stop some people from thinking he had info to add to the rumor about Odell Beckham Jr. that was floating around. Either way, the fact that Glazer broke the news about Allen wasn’t the issue for most. Rather, it was the way he went about it.