Stephon Gilmore’s wife, Gabrielle, hit her boiling point Tuesday over the rumor, floated by Adam Schefter, that the Patriots cornerback may have contracted the virus having dinner with a COVID-positive Cam Newton.
Gabrielle had heard enough and Schefter was clearly in the crosshairs when she fired off a tweet addressing said dinner. “There was no dinner out, I’m going to help you out so you guys stop reporting false news,” Gabrielle tweeted. “I’ve seen it circulating a couple times and now I’m annoyed,” she added.
Schefter was on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia last week when he brought up the alleged Newton-Gilmore dinner.
“I happen to believe, I was told that in the New England area, over the weekend, that Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore were spotted having dinner together on Friday night,” Schefter said last Wednesday. “So, and I was aware of that over the weekend. So, to hear that he tested positive, I got to be honest, is not overly surprising to me. If you’re at a dinner table with somebody who has the virus, there’s a chance, I would think, that you’re going to get the virus. So, that’s what we’re dealing with this morning. I think it’s a crisis.
“I mean, if you look at everything that’s happened this morning, we’ve got a third Patriot testing positive, another Titan testing positive. I think there’s a lot of questions about this week now.”
Schefter’s allegation made its way to Boston’s media landscape and finally to Gabrielle’s phone where she kept seeing reports of this dinner. Schefter has yet to respond to Stephon’s wife. Schefty isn’t known to get into a back-and-forth with players’ wives, so we don’t expect further fireworks from this one.
Gilmore and Newton could be cleared to practice Wednesday, but Bill Belichick will leave that to the experts.
“I am not sure what exactly the schedule is in terms of when those guys will do the things they need to do,” said Belichick. “Some of that has to be scheduled outside of the building so I’ll leave that to the medical department.”
Update: Schefter has doubled down on his report. Appearing on WEEI’s Greg Hill Show Wednesday morning, the ESPN Insider addressed Gabrielle Gilmore and said he’s right. “I have great respect for Stephon Gilmore, Mrs. Gilmore. I’m not looking to refute anybody … I don’t why this is an issue. Cam Newton tested positive early Saturday morning. The night before Stephon Gilmore and Cam Newton had dinner. That’s all. They didn’t do anything wrong. They had dinner. What’s the problem? It’s nobody fault. They did have dinner Friday night.”
“It wasn’t a report. It wasn’t anything. It was just a fact. That’s all it is. I’m not trying to upset anybody. I’m not trying to point any fingers. … I don’t know if they had dinner at Cam’s house, or Stephon Gilmore’s home or at the Patriots, but they had dinner together Friday night.
“Nobody did anything wrong. There are no issues. Nobody is spreading any virus.”