Someone posted the Julian Edelman suspension news on Reddit yesterday

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In the NFL, there are strict confidentiality rules about drug testing and suspensions under the league’s substance-abuse and performance-enhancing substance policies. But in the case of Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, someone spilled the beans even before the suspension was reported today by ESPN.

On Reddit’s Patriots message board on Wednesday night, a user going by the name Redditlover1981 posted, “Rumor: Edelman potentially getting suspended 4 games for PED’s.” Although Redditlover1981 didn’t say where he heard the rumor, he said that it would be “national news” that was breaking “tomorrow.”

Sure enough, “tomorrow” came, and it became national news: Adam Schefter and Field Yates of ESPN reported this morning, citing unnamed league sources, that Edelman is facing a suspension.

So who is Redditlover1981 and how did he know about this story that was about to become national news? We have no idea, but one guess is that it could be an ESPN employee who was in a position to know that ESPN was working on the story. Redditlover1981 has previously taken up for ESPN’s coverage of the Patriots, defending the ESPN article about dissent within the team that had Patriots fans so angry. So it appears to be someone who knows what ESPN’s reporters are working on, and someone who would rather defend ESPN than criticize it, even in Reddit’s Patriots section, where defending ESPN doesn’t make you popular.

Redditlover1981 also could be someone with connections to Edelman, to the Patriots or to the NFL, but that seems less likely: Someone connected to those camps might know Edelman failed a drug test, but how would he know that the failed drug test had been leaked to the “national news” and that the news was going to be reported “tomorrow”?

The fact that Redditlover1981 can post such information anonymously shows just how difficult it is to keep a secret in today’s social media environment. Whether it’s information only Bryan Colangelo was supposed to have ending up on Twitter, or confidential information about the NFL’s drug testing policies ending up on Reddit, news that athletes, team executives and leagues want to keep under wraps often ends up getting public.

31 responses to “Someone posted the Julian Edelman suspension news on Reddit yesterday

  1. Redditlover1981 is Bill Belichick. Secretly loves the internet, the media, and gossip stories. Hates Tom Brady.

  2. Who cares about the source, fact is Eldelman is a cheater doesn’t surprise anyone he comes off as a toolbag anyway

  3. So.. does the fact Edelman got popped taint the 28-3 comeback in Super Bowl LI?

    Possibly.

  4. The rumor was posted to a Pats board yesterday afternoon at 1:24. Redditlover1981 could be someone that stops by there to see what real fans are talking about much like Pats fans drop by the comments section here to see what the trolls are whining about

  5. IF this is true then no doubt he took something to help heal.

    The NFL should allow players to take whatever they want to help them get healthy. You’re not looking for a competitive advantage you’re looking to get back on the field. I got no problem with that.

  6. It’s too bad Edelman didn’t play for the Seahawks… that way the league would just let it slide and grant his appeal the way they did with Richard Sherman in 2012. But alas, he plays for public enemy #1, the Patriots, so no such luck.

  7. The fact that Redditlover1981 can post such information anonymously shows just how difficult it is to keep a secret in today’s social media environment.
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    That’s a morals and/or ethics issue, not a technology issue.

  8. “vikings1234 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 6:34 pm
    I think it was the butler. Ya, the butler did it.”

    Malcom’s revenge.

  9. Last summer someone posted a comment about an upcoming drug suspension for David Irving on bloggingtheboys.com two days before David Irving was suspended. I remember a bunch of users trashed the guy for making up “lies”. Don’t know how he knew.

  10. Maybe it’s a numbers game. If he couldn’t be 100% until say the 6th or 7th game and by taking a PED, and the accompanying suspension, he could play in the 5th. Net win but stupid IMO. Really bad optics. But to play at this level at his size he needs 100%. Probably his last hurrah. One more injury like this he’s done with or w/o PEDs.

  11. Braz says:
    June 7, 2018 at 5:44 pm
    So.. does the fact Edelman got popped taint the 28-3 comeback in Super Bowl LI?

    Possibly.

    ____

    If it does, then the eagles win last year is tainted because Lane Johnson got popped. Oh, and the Seahawks win a few years ago too because of the multiple guys on that team that got popped…..oh, yeah, the Broncos win because of Miller and the other guys on that team that got popped……

    Dang, looks like all of them are tainted huh?

  12. Guys coming back from injury do what it takes to heal. NFL should change the policy for guys neding to rehab major surgery. Alas, that’s a big number.

  13. The fact that Redditlover1981 can post such information anonymously shows just how difficult it is to keep a secret in today’s social media environment.

    How is that any different than picking up the phone from the payphone down the street, putting a piece of cloth over the speaker and calling a newspaper or TV station to leak some news? A certain current president used to call the networks and “leak” news under the name of John Baron.

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