Boomer Esiason got pranked, apparently, regarding Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl boycott

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Twitter exploded on Friday, after the @BackAftaThis (a/k/a Funhouse) account posted a clip from the Morning Show with Boomer & Gio on WFAN in New York that pushed the idea that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will threaten to boycott the Super Bowl over the NFL’s COVID protocols. Apparently, it was all a prank.

Gregg Giannotti, Esiason’ co-host, explained the situation on the WFAN afternoon show, featuring Boomer’s former co-host, Craig Carton. Long story bearable, Esiason and Giannotti eventually came to the conclusion that someone was trying to dupe Esiason.

On the surface, the problem flows from the fact that the clip posted by the Funhouse account didn’t include any mention whatsoever of a potential prank.

I’ll take the bullet on this one,” the Funhouse account tweeted on Saturday morning. “My work schedule is nuts these days, so I’m only able to listen to part of the show. At the time I posted that, honest to God, I had no idea that you had 100% determined that it was a prank. Didn’t know that part when I posted. Apologies.”

He may want to think twice about using a phrase like “take the bullet.” As mentioned by the Funhouse account in a separate tweet, “I’ve been getting death threats from Packer Nation as if I said those things.”

At a deeper level, Esiason and Giannotti shouldn’t have done a real-time vetting of the tip Esiason received on a live radio show. They should have decided before the show or during a break whether the tip had sufficient credibility to even mention.

So the joke originally was on Boomer. The real joke is on the rest of us. Whether deliberate or not, Esiason and Giannotti played this in a way that has resulted in a ton of free publicity.

So what if some people are pissed? Their audience on Monday morning will likely be higher than it’s been in weeks, as people tune in to hear what Esiason will have to say for himself about the fact that he was pranked, and about the fact that he chose to eat the trash on the air without rifling through it before the microphones went hot.

27 responses to “Boomer Esiason got pranked, apparently, regarding Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl boycott

  1. So you’re saying that former athletes who are now on television may not be well-versed in the principles of journalism. Isn’t that why they have producers?

  2. This is what’s wrong with news reporting today. Everybody wants clicks and nobody wants to verify the truth or double confirm information for its accuracy before releasing it.

  3. Why not just take a page out of Schefter’s playbook and stick with the story, and just claim you don’t have “sources”, but “people have been talking about it for a while now”. Weatherman are started to look like Nastradomas compared to most of sports journalist hacks out there.

  4. Should he have done a better job of checking on the rumor? Of course. But come on, this isn’t real news, it’s a report on a GAME.

  5. It’s still a sad reflection on Rodgers that nobody doubted that this was the kind of stunt that he would pull. If the rumor involved Brady, nobody would have believed it.

  6. This is what you get when journalism, now shaped by social media, feels more like a high school cafeteria than the newsrooms of Cronkite, Brinkley, and Brokaw.

  7. If the rumor involved Brady, nobody would have believed it.
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    Nobody did believe it….what are you taking about?

  8. The only people that believed this nonsense are those that wanted to, without interjecting any thought or reason into the equation.

    “Oh, it makes Rodgers look bad? Well then, true or not, I’m in!”

  9. thorsmark says:
    January 8, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    It’s still a sad reflection on Rodgers that nobody doubted that this was the kind of stunt that he would pull. If the rumor involved Brady, nobody would have believed it.
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    No.
    In fact, it was quite the opposite.
    Anybody with an ounce of intelligence realized rather quickly that this was just another pathetic uncorroborated media trash dump.

    Just more garbage flung up on the wall in the hopes that something sticks long enough for the haters and other assorted troglodytes to happily lap up.
    Nothing more. 😉

  10. I boomer’s defense, it’s not Rodgers is not a class 1A jerk and that story is 100 believable

  11. You would think that this story would have been vetted 9 different ways before airing it. The MVP going on a wildcat strike? Use your head!

  12. cheeseisfattening says:
    January 8, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    I boomer’s defense, it’s not Rodgers is not a class 1A jerk and that story is 100 believable
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    Huh?

  13. Death threats from Packer fans over a dopey story
    What’s with that fan base? It’s not he fumbled a kick return, right?

  14. It made a good prank because its so believable. No one would be surprised if he done it.

  15. ariani1985 says:
    January 8, 2022 at 12:34 pm
    Boomer also has more super bowl appearances than Rogers. Let that sink in!
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    He went to Superbowl 23 and lost, if you can tell me his other appearance as player that would be great, or are you just spewing nonsense you hope is true to, mock Rodgers and hope to make him look bad, I mean it has been going around lately.

  16. cheeseisfattening says:
    January 8, 2022 at 3:53 pm
    I boomer’s defense, it’s not Rodgers is not a class 1A jerk and that story is 100 believable

    ………………………………………………………………………………
    No one here is surprised that you believed it. Then again, you still actually believe that the Vikings will win a Superbowl someday.

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