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Ian Rapoport explains reporting of Josh Gordon situation earlier in week

Ryan Hannable
November 01, 2018 - 10:35 am

Prior to Monday night's game against the Bills, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon would be disciplined in the game for tardiness, likely missing the first quarter.

Of course, Gordon started the game and played over 80 percent of the snaps.

Bill Belichick was asked about the report and he firmly disputed it both after the game and on Tuesday with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, including calling Rapoport out by name.

“I don’t know," he said. "You’d have to talk to Ian Rapoport on that. I’m not really sure where that’s coming from.”

On his podcast, RapSheet and Friends this week, Rapoport gave his side of the story where he said three sources confirmed Gordon had in fact been tardy and the plan was to discipline him in the game.

“It was on Monday afternoon, I got a tip that Josh Gordon was informed that he was going to be sitting out a quarter of the game against the Bills because of discipline," he said. "I was told he had a lateness so I checked on it. I had three sources confirm that Gordon was informed that he was going to miss a quarter. Other reporters, including Mike Giardi, reported that it wasn’t one lateness, it was actually two. He was late to the team flight and was late to a meeting. I checked all the boxes and went with my report.

“Then, first play of the game, there goes Josh Gordon on the field and everyone wants to know what happened? I will say the honest truth is I do not know. Sometimes the reporting of things and getting it out there especially before the game does change what actually happens. I may never know and I have since gotten calls from people who have confirmed to me [it happened] and calling me up asking me what changed and I literally have no idea. It happens unfortunately. It is not fun. I also reported that Rich Rodriguez had agreed to terms with Alabama and he had and then he didn’t and they hired Nick Saban. Life as a reporter is weird, but for anyone wondering, that is what happened. That is the Josh Gordon situation.”