Posted by Will Brinson
Over the weekend, Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider dropped an interesting little nugget on Twitter about a hypothetical draft-day deal between the Redskins and Steelers that would have had Pittsburgh hopping up to the No. 16 overall spot, presumably to grab Mike Pouncey out of Florida. Turns out, not only was the deal entirely misconstrued, so was the Snyder radio interview.
I spent about 300 (too many) words breaking down why I believed it was Pouncey the Steelers were chasing. On Monday, Peter King did something similar, although in the first published edition of "Monday Morning Quarterback," King didn't have a link to Wexell.
In an updated version, King's blurb ("Brother and Child Reunion?") contains the phrase "Dan Snyder reportedly said on Sirius Radio" and then mentions that "Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie denies Snyder says this."
Wyllie did exactly that, as did a spokesman for Sirius, per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, who also notes that Chris Mortensen tweeted a report of the possible trade, also sans a citation to Wexell's original note.
Since then, Wexell has apologized in tweet form and also deleted the original tweet.
So, what's the real story here? Well, it doesn't seem like Wexell was playing a Mike Wise-style "social experiment" via Twitter. At any rate, affable prankster isn't really his style. And if this were any team other than the Redskins, it might make more sense. (Or less? I'm not sure which way that goes, honestly.)
But the scrambling from various members of the media to attribute the story to Wexell (now that it's fake) is odd, especially given that in several different instances, an apparently fabricated radio interview was sourced, separately, by multiple outlets.
Whatever, at some point Wexell will probably get asked how it came about and there's probably some sort of rationalization as to why this all happened.
In the meantime, can you tell there's a lockout going on in the NFL?
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