ESPN Patriots story hits on players day off

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While the football world will be talking all day (all weekend) about ESPN’s look at the inner workings of the Patriots organization, the Patriots themselves apparently won’t be saying much.

As noted by Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, players are off today, and there is no scheduled media access at Gillette Stadium.

That creates a vacuum which is going to be filled by discussions of Seth Wickersham’s reporting, and the team didn’t add much to that either. And by the time the team talks about, they can go straight to “We’re onto _______.”

The team’s only on-the-record response to specific questions posed by Wickersham was that there were “several inaccuracies and multiple examples given that absolutely did not occur.” The Patriots did not specify what those inaccuracies were.

And while many of their own fans (along with the rest of us) are going to be curious about their response to all this, they’re probably not offering anything anytime soon.

Although, their social media team this morning put out an important message, wishing a happy birthday to wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. For the moment, that’s probably all we’re going to hear.

19 responses to “ESPN Patriots story hits on players day off

  1. I hope they don’t say anything at all. It was crap story that really had no business coming out at this time. The team has enough on their plate without this getting in the way. Hopefully they brush aside and get on with what’s important. That would be getting ready for next weeks game.

  2. …And while many of their own fans (along with the rest of us) are going to be curious about their response to all this, they’re probably not offering anything anytime soon.
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    The Pats will probably not be offering much of anything ever.

    Meanwhile, back in the real world, there are eight NFL teams not named the Patriots that will be competing for their playoff lives this weekend, but the Pats remain the only team anyone cares about.

    Even as a Pats fan I actually wish there was another relevant NFL team.

  3. People actually read that garbage? There isn’t a sports fan I know that cares about the “Days of Our Lives” side of their team. Not one. Whatever happened to sports articles that are actually about the sport and what happens on the field?

  4. This is nothing more than ESPN creating a distraction going into the playoffs. Deflategate part 2 anyone…

  5. Published at a time nobody would be around to comment. ESPN sure timed that nicely didn’t they….. the hit was in from the moment they ran an article with inaccuracies and several things that absolutely did not occur – again.
    Desperate measures from a dying network.

  6. Your Honor, please label this as exhibit A in the first of soon to be many attempts at ginning up controversy aimed at creating dissension, or the appearance thereof, in Foxboro.

  7. ESPN lying about what actually happened… again. That should be the real news story.

    Hatriot nation is gonna eat this up. They deserve it, its been a rough couple years.

    I can only hope now that Kraft and Belichick announce a contract extension and that the negative press of getting the story completely and totally wrong finally sinks ESPN and they go away forever.

  8. Even as a Pats fan I actually wish there was another relevant NFL team.
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    there are other relevant teams but nobody sells clicks and internet arguments like the New England Patriots. For example the Browns could be filmed cheating and nobody would give to spits because they still lose.

  9. Not even a Pats fan. And as much as I would like to see them get their ash kicked – ESPN is looking so desperate here. Is this even a story? This happens all of the time in football.

  10. ctiggs says:
    January 5, 2018 at 8:59 am

    We have Jimmy, yes we do, we have Jimmy, how about you? #nobodyhasitbetterthanUS
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    We have Brady and a first-round bye – how bout you?

  11. We have Jimmy, yes we do, we have Jimmy, how about you?

    Jimmy’s contract expires the day after the Super Bowl…..

  12. Honestly, is anyone surprised? The NFL matchups this weekend are not very compelling so ESPN creates a story to drop as a talking a point for all their shows. It is very similar to when Dan LeBetard’s criticism of Magic Johnson went racial and the entire network covered it for 2 days or when Jaws said, “I truly believe Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever,”. It creating “news” to cover “news”.

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