Who squealed? Who’s the rat? Smoke them out!
That’s what Tom Brady may be trying to figure out at the moment, because it seems that someone leaked his impending retirement announcement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington. The latter reported on Saturday that Brady is retiring after the best 22 seasons any football player has ever delivered. That led to the predictable and appropriate outpouring of tributes and stories about the Greatest of All Time.
It wasn’t long before a flurry of reports suggested that Brady hasn’t made his final decision on retirement. The easy take was to assume that Schefter, whose reputation has taken a bit of a hit since his “Mr. Editor” controversy in Washington, simply got this one wrong.
But the truth seems to lie in more of a gray area. Because, you know, gray areas are often a thing and life is never as simple as some people on the internet want it to be. The latest on Brady from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is evidence enough of that.