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Scouting Combine sparks reporter squabbles, too

The highlight of Friday night at the Scouting Combine consisted of Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox shoving a Cardinals scout. Saturday night’s festivities possibly (hopefully) will feature fisticuffs among a couple of guys who cover the sport.

Early Saturday, Jason La Canfora of CBS posted a tweet that some have characterized as a threat against NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Said La Canfora, in a message directed to Rapoport’s account: “Keep my name off your lips. Always. Remember this. I know you will.”

Rapoport had no comment on the tweet, which apparently wasn’t friendly banter or an inside joke. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Rapoport doesn’t know what prompted the comment. Another source with knowledge of both reporters suggests that La Canfora heard from a coach or a scout while out and about on Friday night/Saturday morning that Rapoport had said something about La Canfora, regardless of whether Rapoport actually did.

If both are still in Indianapolis, here’s hoping that they cross paths and resolve their differences. (Or, perhaps, that they cross paths and don’t resolve their differences.)

The reality is that, when NFL reporters get around NFL coaches and scouts, plenty of NFL reporters will say things to NFL coaches and scouts in an effort to discredit competitors. Getting bent out of shape about it is a waste of time and effort, because nothing La  Canfora or anyone else says or does about it is going to stop it from happening.

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48 Responses to “Scouting Combine sparks reporter squabbles, too”
  1. JSpicoli says: Feb 27, 2016 4:16 PM

    Keep your chins up

  2. burgandy2260 says: Feb 27, 2016 4:25 PM

    In this corner standing 5’2 with a pale skin tone, frail bones and a strong inability to defend himself in a fight….wait that’s both of them. This just screams Wrestlemaina.

  3. rushbacker says: Feb 27, 2016 4:26 PM

    Gotta love it when a dork like La Canfora tries to act gangsta.

  4. birdgang says: Feb 27, 2016 4:30 PM

    Got it. Media reporters are bigger divas than the actual players in the league they are covering.

  5. lscratchingthesurface says: Feb 27, 2016 4:32 PM

    La Canfora is testy. He couldn’t handle the fact The Royals won the World Series either. I’m not shocked to see this type of response from him.

  6. 12brichandfamous says: Feb 27, 2016 4:34 PM

    Somebody needs a fall guy

  7. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Feb 27, 2016 4:41 PM

    Hilarious. Neither one of these guys could fight their way out of a brown paper bag.

  8. herrcules13 says: Feb 27, 2016 4:44 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation.

  9. HeadhunterJohn says: Feb 27, 2016 4:49 PM

    Time for a Pseudo-Celebrity Death Match!

  10. lemmetalkwouldya says: Feb 27, 2016 4:53 PM

    La Canfora is a jackass, Ian Rapoport is a straight-shooter.

  11. gorilladunk says: Feb 27, 2016 4:55 PM

    You mean media members act like 6th graders? Knock me over with a feather!

  12. boobsanders says: Feb 27, 2016 4:55 PM

    This is almost as lame as the Zack/Slater fight in Saved By The Bell.

  13. squidlips82 says: Feb 27, 2016 4:59 PM

    The man they affectionately call BM thinks so….

  14. mackcarrington says: Feb 27, 2016 5:03 PM

    Media on media crime.

  15. nflrule says: Feb 27, 2016 5:05 PM

    What an industry…total nerds who probably could not throw a football more than ten yards get to comment about football…

  16. learysdisciples says: Feb 27, 2016 5:09 PM

    Girl fight!

  17. bat42boy says: Feb 27, 2016 5:12 PM

    What a couple of Buffoons. They both talk with “Fork Tongues”. Sorry Redskins.

  18. ee00ee says: Feb 27, 2016 5:14 PM

    So Rapoport doesn’t inow anything about it? This means he’s sure to write something about it soon as that’s the basis for all of his “articles”.

  19. tedmurph says: Feb 27, 2016 5:17 PM

    I wonder who would win that pillowfight. The only way it would be interesting is if the loser couldn’t speak or write anything for a year. Not sure who I’d root for though.

  20. Patskrieg says: Feb 27, 2016 5:21 PM

    I don’t know what this is about and I don’t care.

    Fight! Fight! Fight!

  21. stealthjunk says: Feb 27, 2016 5:30 PM

    La Canfora is one of the worst reporters and an even worse writer. Rapsheet is at least a good reporter.

  22. axespray says: Feb 27, 2016 5:36 PM

    burgandy2260 says:
    Feb 27, 2016 4:25 PM
    In this corner standing 5’2 with a pale skin tone, frail bones and a strong inability to defend himself in a fight….wait that’s both of them. This just screams Wrestlemaina.
    I’m pretty sure CM Punk left and Daniel Bryan retired.

  23. Al in MIA says: Feb 27, 2016 5:39 PM

    It’s finally getting to La Canfora’s head that all his rumors on FA/trades are worthless. Feeling insignificant is driving him mad

  24. watchfullhose says: Feb 27, 2016 5:57 PM

    La Camfora is a little man acting like a little man. Surprise! That being said – Both these guys are hacks so maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll both get suspended.

  25. dbranch65 says: Feb 27, 2016 6:01 PM

    Jason la conwhogivesacrap is a clown. He make stuff up to be relevant. Somehow he was born into the right family who helped him get the job he has. No way he earned it.

  26. superbowl48champs says: Feb 27, 2016 6:11 PM

    Cage match!

  27. abninf says: Feb 27, 2016 6:20 PM

    Cat fight!

  28. hahalolrofl says: Feb 27, 2016 6:23 PM

    What a fat gasbag.

  29. kwf484 says: Feb 27, 2016 6:25 PM

    Newsmen love it when they are the news….

  30. oakland2421 says: Feb 27, 2016 6:36 PM

    That is funny! Throw in Silver and we could have an NFL Teat-sucking Royal Rumble. Sounds like a fun pay per view Saturday night at home

  31. schmitty2 says: Feb 27, 2016 6:47 PM

    Seeing those 2 schmucks go at it would be the highlight of the combine by a mile

  32. doggeatdogg says: Feb 27, 2016 6:54 PM

    It’s like high school but lamer.

  33. goodellisaclown says: Feb 27, 2016 7:11 PM

    Here’s the backstory the media isn’t reporting:

    Rapoport and La Canfora got into a tussle over a 42-short blazer in the junior section of JC Penney a few weeks ago. Luckily there moms were there to separate them… no such luck at the combine. Meow.

  34. jag1959 says: Feb 27, 2016 7:23 PM

    lemmetalkwouldya says:
    Feb 27, 2016 4:53 PM
    La Canfora is a jackass, Ian Rapoport is a straight-shooter.

    In so far as anyone that works for NFLN can be.
    Where’s Dante Fowler at? Might need him to be ringmaster for another cat fight

  35. gofor2with3pointlead says: Feb 27, 2016 7:30 PM

    As of we really needed another sign impending apocalypse.

  36. karlpilkington says: Feb 27, 2016 7:40 PM

    Laconfora I think is from around bmore. I think he could tare ian… no prob

  37. shogunassasin30 says: Feb 27, 2016 8:05 PM

    What’s just as funny is these commenters acting big and bad by surmising that” they couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag.” Neither could you tough guy. Half of you prob haven’t been in a gym or in a fight in your entire life so I’d pump the brakes on condescending talk

  38. stew48 says: Feb 27, 2016 8:08 PM

    One of the more interesting articles. Keep us posted, hourly if possible.

  39. rolltide510 says: Feb 27, 2016 8:22 PM

    That last paragraph seems to say “I throw a lot of shade at my fellow NFL journalists when I talk to coaches”.

  40. al441j says: Feb 27, 2016 8:25 PM

    “The reality is that, when NFL reporters get around NFL coaches and scouts, plenty of NFL reporters will say things to NFL coaches and scouts in an effort to discredit competitors.”

    Wow! Sounds kinda like being a lawyer, doesn’t it Mike?

  41. melikefootball says: Feb 27, 2016 8:34 PM

    Who and where did this guy come from anyway, they sure get full of themselves producing nothing but rumors and gossip. La Canfora really who cares.

  42. karmathaitch says: Feb 27, 2016 9:19 PM

    Tanya Harding is on line one Mr. LA Confora.

  43. bigdog2372 says: Feb 27, 2016 10:42 PM

    Having watched both of these guys for years, La Canfora has always been a hack. Rapoport has fifty times the insider cred as JLC. Smells like words of jealousy to me.

  44. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 28, 2016 7:02 AM

    A pair of reporters who think they are more important than the teams and players they’re covering.

    Except they’re not. Nobody cares if reporters don’t like each other.

  45. tanstewie says: Feb 28, 2016 7:42 AM

    LaConfora was mad because Rapoport showed up wearing the same dress as his

  46. amaf21 says: Feb 28, 2016 8:27 AM

    This guy was such a little female dog when he covered the Redskins. Love the new internet tough guy act though. Lol

  47. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Feb 29, 2016 8:51 AM

    They are both a couple of 3rd rate hacks. They make their lives by manufacturing rumors which are 90% garbage.

  48. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Mar 1, 2016 1:20 PM

    The story here is Rapsheet is friends with Stephen Michaels (The Raiders Daily) and LaCanfora is on Schefter team.. Schefter hates The Raiders Daily A: Because Schefter is a Broncos fan and B: Schefter hates that Michales is so popular and did it on his own without being a “writer” Rapsheet embraces the future which is people like The Raiders Daily and Pro football Trades and Rumors and Pro Football Focus ect ect meanwhile Schefter and Canfora do not embrace times are changing

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