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Did Adam Schefter not learn anything when Jay Glazer — way back on April 15 in what feels like another decade — teased COVID news only to get destroyed on social media? Guess not, because here we are on September 20 and Schefter teased COVID news he was going to drop on Sunday NFL Countdown.
That’s right, using COVID news as a ratings play instead of just tweeting it out. And once again, the Internet is equally crushing Schefter for this act. Now Schefty is being called Jay Glazer Jr. Or Adam “6 o’clock news” Schefter.
It turns out it’s Al Riveron, NFL senior VP of officiating, who has tested positive for COVID.
“Al Riveron, the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating, was not in the league office’s replay command center last Sunday for the Week 1 games because he was at home in Miami battling the coronavirus, league sources told ESPN,” Schefter wrote this morning.
Ahh, but here’s the kicker to Schefty’s big news.
“But Riveron said Saturday that he will return to the command center Sunday for Week 2 and is “feeling great.” To date, Riveron is the highest-profile NFL employee who has been forced to miss a game day because of COVID-19.”
Wait, so we were supposed to turn in to hear about the NFL’s “first notable in-season case of COVID” and it was an official who sits in an office building on Sundays? And now he’s back to sitting in that office building? Real good one, Schefty. What a scoop. Way to use COVID news in the scumiest way possible.
NFL’s first notable in-season case of COVID….coming up on Sunday NFL Countdown.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 20, 2020
oh boy..that's going to make me watch… great teaser 🤔
— Mark Feldhaus (@MJF28) September 20, 2020
It’s embarrassing that @ESPNNFL has to use this as a teaser….
— John (@DrummerOH4MI) September 20, 2020
Glazer hacked Schefters account
— TJ_in_Atlanta (@datdude404) September 20, 2020
Adam and his producers must’ve been on their phones texting when Jay was crushed for this and never saw Jay learn his lesson. New rule: Let’s be more like Rap Sheet at NFL Network. Just get those COVID facts out there and, for the love of God, if you have some massive COVID NFL news at least make sure it’s someone who steps foot on an NFL field.
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
Source: For a second straight week, no players tested positive on Saturday morning on their COVID-19 tests. All clear for Week 2.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2020