Dan Patrick: “Adam Schefter I think mischaracterized what he had a week ago, Thursday. This was a collection of information, this wasn’t breaking news, but it was portrayed that way, therefore we all went into the draft going ‘The Packers could trade Aaron Rodgers tonight!... It was framed as huge breaking news and was on the bottom line. I was watching NFL Live when Schefty came on, and he was reading off his phone, and I thought ‘this is breaking news.’ Well, it wasn’t breaking news from the standpoint of ‘if this is an accumulation of information, then this wasn’t breaking news.’ If you’re going to summarize the offseason, which Adam was doing, then it wasn’t characterized that way, therefore I think we all thought something was truly happening in the moment… Speaking with Adam after the show and off the record we found out that he wasn’t going to Cleveland thinking that he’s reporting that Aaron Rodgers is going to be traded, but I think once the Niners’ story got out, then I think he decided that the time was right.” (Full Segment Above)
Listen to Dan Patrick explain why he thinks ESPN’s Adam Schefter mischaracterized the ‘breaking news’ story he reported before the 2021 NFL Draft on Aaron Rodgers wanting out of Green Bay, a day after Schefter went on The Dan Patrick Show and admitted that his report wasn’t based on any ‘new’ news, but actually just the summarization of what he had heard the entire offseason.
DP says the timing of the report, which was just hours before the draft, made it seem like either the Packers or Rodgers had just leaked the story to Schefter in an attempt to flame trade offers, as it was even rumored in another report that the Niners had offered the Packers the third overall pick in exchange for Rodgers.
Here was the Thursday exchange between Dan and Schefter below:
Adam Schefter: “The funny part about that is I’ve heard people say ‘oh, Aaron Rodgers wanted that out before the Draft.’ I can assure you that Aaron Rodgers did NOT want that out before the Draft. I’ve heard people say that the Green Bay Packers planted that, and that it was a very pro-Packers story. I can assure you that the Green Bay Packers didn’t plant that. When people guess where stories come from, more often than not they’re usually wrong, and in this case, they’re wrong. This was an accumulation all during the offseason of just listening to people talk and observing. If we go back to the NFC Championship Game that the Green Bay Packers lost at home, did we not hear Aaron Rodgers after that game talk about his level of unhappiness and uncertainty for the future? Just go back and listen to that press conference and it sounds almost like he’s saying goodbye to Green Bay. So your antenna is up and I’m just telling you throughout the course of the offseason there was rarely a week that went by that I didn’t hear something about Aaron Rodgers. On Draft day there’s a report out there that morning from Paul Allen out in Minneapolis that the 49ers made a draft offer – which they didn’t make an offer, they never made an offer. And other people are saying that the 49ers called…and I said ‘how long until it gets out that Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay?’ Is it next week? Is it when he doesn’t show up to the OTA’s? Is it next month? It’s going to come out. Why does it matter if it comes out now, next week, or next month?”
DP: “So you chose to break the news on Draft day?”
Schefter: “That is absolutely accurate, correct.”
DP: “But it wasn't something that you got information about?”
Schefter: “No. There was nothing that morning that came in and someone saying to me ‘yeah, he wants out, you should report this.’ It was going on all off-season… I said ‘you know what? This isn’t going to wait much longer, let’s just go' and it happened to be Draft day.” (Full Segment Above)
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