Prominent NFL insider Ian Rapoport tweeted on Friday night that he will “be off-air until October 22” from NFL Network, due to something that he posted on social media “without clearance from NFL Network, which went against its guidelines.”
Rapoport added regarding the suspension, “I respect and understand the decision made by the network and am deeply sorry for my mistake.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 10, 2020
Now, it’s unclear what it was that Rapoport even posted, which is quite bizarre when you consider that he has 2.3 million Twitter followers.
Ian Rapoport has 2.3 million followers and no one seems to know what he posted to get himself suspended.
— Chris Walder (@WalderSports) October 10, 2020
There has been *speculation* that it was this quote tweet regarding the Titans breaking protocols by working out at a high school.
— Fire Gus Malzahn (@HeismanNewton) October 10, 2020
It’s also unclear if this suspension is simply for NFL Network, or if it will also impact his tweeting and writing at NFL.com. He last wrote for the league’s official website on Oct. 4, and hadn’t tweeted on Friday until his statement.
Rapoport has been the lead insider for NFL Network and NFL.com since joining them in 2012.
UPDATE: Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Rapoport was suspended for posting a social media ad for Manscaped, a company that makes male grooming products.
Story will be up a bit later.
Rapoport posted an ad for Manscape, which is to clean up your groin area, without approval and that is why he got nicked.
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) October 10, 2020