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#pounditThursday, October 29, 2020

This is why Ian Rapoport was suspended

Ian Rapoport

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport announced on Friday night that he was suspended until Oct. 22, leaving many to wonder what he did.

In his statement sharing news of the suspension, Rapoport said he “posted something to my social channels without clearance from NFL Network, which went against its guidelines.”

There was some speculation the suspension was related to Rapoport posting about the Tennessee Titans having an unauthorized practice. That is unlikely the explanation, because Rapoport would almost certainly have deleted the offending tweet. His tweet regarding the practice is still up on his account.

So what happened?

Jane Slater, one of Rapoport’s colleagues at NFL Media, deleted a tweet Friday that explains things.

In her deleted tweet, Slater seemed to shed light on the suspension.

“Backstory: Sad that it took me reposting his “Manscape” IG video for this to rise to this level of severity. To be very clear, I thought it was funny and I’m not ok with my friend and colleague getting punished for it under false guises of double standards,” Slater wrote in the deleted tweet.

It appears that Rapoport posted a video on his Instagram story in mid-September promoting Manscaped, a product for male grooming.

“The perfect tools, for your family jewels,” reportedly was one of the quotes Rapoport used in the video.

According to Fantasy Life App CEO Yasin Abbak, Slater brought more attention to the video by tweeting it, leading to a reply from Rapoport. Slater later deleted that September tweet (you can see it here).

Other outlets have confirmed this was the reason for the suspension. It’s unclear whether the issue is that the video was found to be inappropriate in nature, or that Rapoport failed to disclose the partnership before using his social media channels to promote the ad.

Rapoport has been suspended until Oct. 22.

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