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Adam Schefter ticked ESPN fell for phony Olivier Vernon report

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Adam Schefter was ticked off Wednesday when he had to cover the rears of his ESPN colleagues who passed on news from a phony Twitter account.

A phony Twitter account tweeted that the Jaguars had signed Olivier Vernon. This tweet was picked up by someone at ESPN, and it led to the “NFL Live” crew to discuss the move.

Here’s a look at the tweet that duped them:

Schefter, who is the network’s top reporter, then went on air to put his colleagues in check. He was not happy:

On the bright side, ESPN finally credited FOX Sports for a scoop. Unfortunately it was for a phony report.

Jason Pierre-Paul sues Adam Schefter, ESPN

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Jason Pierre-Paul filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Adam Schefter and ESPN for violating his privacy by tweeting a photo of his medical chart last summer.

In the suit, Pierre-Paul’s attorneys call Schefter “selfish” in sharing a photo on Twitter of JPP’s chart in order to support his report that the Giants defensive lineman had a finger amputated.

Pierre-Paul is seeking $15,000 in damages, making us wonder the reason for the suit.

At the time, Pierre-Paul blew off part of his hand messing with fireworks on July 4 (here’s what the hand looks like now). There was some dispute over the extent of his injuries, so Schefter took it upon himself to share the medical chart, which was shared with him by a hospital worker.

Most agree Schefter went too far by posting the medical chart instead of just reporting the news. Given his reputation, very few would have doubted the accuracy of his report. The chart was unneccessary. Even Schefter told SI later that he “could have and should have” done even more due to the sensitivity over the matter.

Adam Schefter essentially calls Roger Goodell a liar


Adam Schefter on Thursday came as close as you can possibly come to calling Roger Goodel a liar without actually using the word.

As you may know, the New England Patriots and the NFL have been going back and forth for months over the suspensions of equipment managers John Jastremski and Jim McNally. The two team employees were suspended after damning text messages that were exchanged between them were published in the Ted Wells report. The Patriots insist the NFL asked them to suspend McNally and Jastremski. The NFL has vehemently denied that.

On Wednesday, the Patriots sent a request to the league asking for McNally and Jastremski to be reinstated. In an interview with ESPN Radio, Goodell reiterated once again that the NFL “absolutely” did not ask the Patriots to suspend the two staffers.

Schefter, who was the first to report that the NFL asked the Patriots to issue the suspensions, said on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” show Thursday that Goodell is lying.

“It’s odd to me why if the Patriots suspended them, why they would have to go to the league to ask permission to reinstate them,” Schefter said, per Ryan Hannable of “Again, I’m not not here to debate anybody, I reported over two months ago, in the beginning of May, that the league asked the Patriots to suspend those two employees, which is in fact what happened. Anybody can say what they want, I’m not trying to make anyone look bad, it’s not the goal, I’m just telling exactly what I was told from people that I trust from people that understand and know the situation. Why else would the Patriots have suspended them?

“Just think about it logically. It makes very little sense for the Patriots to go ahead when they believe in their innocence when they accepted the findings to go ahead and do this. And they did it. That’s it. That’s the deal.”

So what exactly are you saying, Adam?

“As forcefully as others say that the league did not do that, I’m telling you as forcefully the league did do that,” Schefter added.

Schefter is easily one of the best NFL reporters in the business, so he must be very certain about his sources to continue beating the drum. Stories we have shared with you like this one have to make you wonder if ESPN is uncomfortable with the way Schefter basically called out Goodell.

Adam Schefter explains why he tweeted Jason Pierre-Paul’s medical records


Over the Fourth of July weekend, Jason Pierre-Paul had an accident with fireworks that ultimately resulted in the Giants defensive end having a finger amputated.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter not only spread word of Pierre-Paul’s amputation via his Twitter account, he also included a photo of Pierre-Paul’s medical records. Shortly after, many were questioning why Schefter would choose to make that information public. Also, HIPAA became a hot topic and whether its laws apply to the media. They do not. However, Schefter received a decent amount of criticism for his decision.

As far as the reasoning behind posting the image, Schefter spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch and shed some light on the subject.

“This was a public figure and franchise player involved in a widely speculated accident with potential criminal behavior in which there was a cone of secrecy that surrounded him for five days that not even his own team could crack, Schefter told SI.”

“The extent of his injuries were going to come to light, maybe that day or later that week, but soon. They’re horrific injuries, incredibly unfortunate for the player. But in a day and age in which pictures and videos tell stories and confirm facts, in which sources and their motives are routinely questioned, and in which reporters strive to be as accurate as possible, this was the ultimate supporting proof.”

While Schefter is one of the best in the business, he also mentioned that, in hindsight, he could have made better use of the resources available to him by ESPN and had more discussion given the sensitive nature of the story. Schefter also said he did not request the photo and that it was sent to him.

According to Jackson Memorial Hospital CEO Carlos Migoya, an internal investigation is underway to determine the source of the leak.

“If we confirm Jackson employees or physicians violated a patient’s legal right to privacy,” Migoya said via the Miami Herald, “they will be held accountable, up to and including possible termination. We do not tolerate violations of this kind.”

Adam Schefter: Source predicts Tom Brady suspension will be overturned

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There is a growing sense of belief that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could have a legitimate chance of getting his four-game suspension thrown out completely.

During an appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said a source described Brady’s legal team as “unreal” and said his prediction is that the three-time Super Bowl MVP “won’t miss a game.”

Schefter added that the Patriots are furious and truly feel they have done nothing wrong.

“I think they’re angry, that they don’t feel — they don’t feel, I know everyone feels differently — they don’t feel they did anything wrong,” he said, as transcribed by Doug Kyed of “They don’t feel like they deflated footballs, they knowingly deflated footballs, they were treated fairly by the NFL. It sounds crazy to people on the outside who say, ‘You can’t break the rules of the game, you violated the integrity of the game.’ I’m just telling you, from their vantage point, they don’t believe they did anything wrong.”

On Tuesday, Brady hired 61-year-old attorney James Kessler to join his legal team for the appeal. Kessler has a long history of winning cases against the NFL.

We have already explained to you several reasons why Patriots fans should remain hopeful that Brady could be cleared by Week 1. Of course, a lot of that will go out the window if Roger Goodell hears the appeal himself or appoints one of his confidants to oversee it.

Adam Schefter, Mike Florio criticized for Chris Borland tweets


ESPN’s Adam Schefter is arguably the best and most reliable NFL reporter in the industry. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is up there, too — at least on his better days. But on Tuesday morning, both sent tweets in the wake of Chris Borland’s decision to retire that have received plenty of negative attention.

Schefter shared some information about the contract Borland walked away from with the San Francisco 49ers. He probably could have left the commentary out of it.

Florio took a similar stance.

Whether intentional or not, it seemed like Schefter was noting how fortunate NFL players are to make big bucks at such a young age. Florio’s tweet also seemed to be in poor taste, though he later tried to clarify when a military veteran called him out for using veterans as an example to support his argument.

Borland has chosen to walk away from football so he wont end up with a condition like Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated blows to the head. CTE is believed to have played a role in this tragic incident involving a former NFL linebacker and the suicide of NFL legend Junior Seau. Both played the same position as Borland.

Schefter and Florio suggesting Borland was lucky to be making so much money proves how out of touch people can be — even the “smart” ones.

Jeff Fisher has great response to Adam Schefter report

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Adam Schefter is one of the most well-connected, accurate and resourceful reporters in the NFL. The guy constantly breaks scoops and provides insightful information. Sometimes breaking that news and sharing information doesn’t go over well with the club it affects.

After Sam Bradford left Saturday’s preseason game with a left knee injury, Schefter provided an update on the quarterback’s status:

Schefter having that information clearly bothered Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who was asked about his QB’s status during his postgame news conference.

“I cannot give you details on anybody’s situation right now until we do testing and get MRIs,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said of his injured players.

When told there was a report (Schefter’s) saying there was no damage to Bradford’s ACL, Fisher got defensive.

“Ummm … who’s saying that?” Fisher asked.

“Schefter,” the reporter replied.

“Oh. Oh, you know, I didn’t see Adam in the locker room or the training room today. That’s funny. If you see [Schefter] tell him I say hi.

“Really? Yeah, he knows everything,” Fisher said sarcastically.

Fisher did offer some detail on Bradford, saying it appeared to be a hyperextension of Bradford’s knee and that the QB was walking around normally after the game.

It seemed pretty clear to me that Schefter was dead-on with his info. Why else did Fisher get so defensive?

Adam Schefter’s Twitter hacked by Tim Hasselbeck in prank?

Adam SchefterSomeone may have been having some fun with ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter on Monday, and it looks like Tim Hasselbeck was responsible.

Sandwiched between tweets about Brandon Meriweather likely being suspended by the league, Lance Briggs’ shoulder injury, and the news of Bud Adams’ death, were what appeared to be some prank tweets.

It looks like some interaction over fantasy football was the impetus for the series of tweets.


Matt Barkley does not care for Adam Schefter’s commentary about his contract

Matt BarkleyIf this whole football thing doesn’t work out for Matt Barkley, the kid could have a future in sports blogging. Why? Because he has the whole snarky act down perfectly.

ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter tweeted on Thursday that Barkley signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. But Schefter’s tweet included more than just the news. Schefter also added some commentary about how Barkley signed for much less money as a fourth-round pick than he would have made had he left school following his junior season when he was projected to be a first-rounder.

Barkley has probably been constantly reminded about what a mistake he made by returning to USC for his senior season. He thanked Schefter for pointing out the obvious.

Barkley already stated after the draft that he plans to make teams pay for passing on him. Tweets like this make it more obvious that he is entering the league with a chip on his shoulder, which is probably a good thing.

And for those keeping score at home, this is not the first time Barkley has taken a shot at an ESPN person’s commentary. Remember what he did in March?


Adam Schefter on Rex Ryan’s weight loss: ‘That’s skipping a lot of God damn snacks’ (Audio)

Rex Ryan has not been able to deliver a Super Bowl to New York despite having promised one for the past several seasons, but he has certainly accomplished a pretty lofty personal goal: Losing a ton of weight. As Adam Schefter informed us with a tweet earlier this week, Ryan has lost 90 pounds since undergoing lap-band surgery a little over a year ago. If you’re a fan of Rex, that’s easy to get excited about. As you can hear in the clip above that Game On! shared with us, Schefter got a bit carried away talking about it on Mike and Mike Wednesday morning.

“That’s skipping a lot of God damn snacks, if you know what I’m talking about,” Schefter said.

Rex probably appreciated the enthusiasm, but Mike and Mike seemed a bit caught off guard by it and rushed Schefter off the phone after that. Typically interviews are on some sort of delay, but who can blame the sound person for falling asleep at his or her desk when it was Schefter on the horn? Nobody could see that coming.

We expect an apology from Schefter any minute now. After all, he’s an ESPN employee who said it during an ESPN broadcast. The horror!