Colts general manager Chris Ballard defended the character of Adonai Mitchell, and other draftees, in an impassioned press conference rant. Photo Credit: Chris Shepherd on Twitter/X Photo Credit: Chris Shepherd on Twitter/X

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard defended new Colts receiver Adonai Mitchell in a fiery press conference rant shortly after Indianapolis selected the Texas receiver in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Ballard blasted negative pre-draft reports that came out about Mitchell. The general manager defended not only Mitchell but other potential draftees who had negative things written about their characters ahead of the draft, particularly when those reports came from “unknown sources.”

“I read some of the ******** that was said on TV,” Ballard said. “I mean, just the typical ******* — excuse my language — our typical lede. Unnamed sources. Bad interview. That’s such ********. I mean, it ******* is. It’s ********. Like, put your name on it. I’m tired of — we tear these young men down. These are 21, 22-year-old men. If people out there can tell me they’re perfect in their lives. It’s crap. It’s crap. This is a good kid.”

Ballard then referenced similar comments he made made in 2023, seemingly regarding similar negative reports about then-Ohio State quarterback, C.J. Stroud.

“And for those reports to come out, I said it last year, it’s ********. I’m sorry. I apologize for the language. I don’t. But I do.”

[Photo Credit: Chris Shepherd on Twitter/X]

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