Why NFL reporters seem so reluctant to admit when they are wrong

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Less than an hour into Super Bowl LII, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio tweeted out a bombshell.

Less than an hour after that, CBS’ Jason La Canfora responded with this:

IMG 6546Less than two days later, McDaniels did back out on the Colts. It was a giant story that reverberated throughout the NFL. Florio had good information, and while he hardly handled the scoop gracefully – “Attention everyone who assumed I was making it all up: SUCK IT,” he tweeted – he handled success better than La Canfora handled failure.

La Canfora simply never acknowledged he was wrong, a habit I think is too frequent in our ranks.

His next tweet concerning McDaniels came two days later, 22 minutes after ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the story that McDaniels would stay on as New England’s offensive coordinator.

La Canfora didn’t offer any mea culpa for his original report, he didn’t offer any context as to why two days earlier he maintained McDaniels would go to Indy.

He simply jumped to the next thing.

In a profession where we all hold the people we cover accountable, NFL reporters are incredibly hypocritical. Few hold themselves to account in the same way.


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