Dan Patrick: “Was there any thought to not breaking it during the game?”
Adam Schefter: “I don’t understand that, I really don’t. I’m at a surprise birthday dinner for my mother-in-law… I apologize for not tracking where the Colts-Bears preseason game was when the information is coming in to me. I got the information and never stopped to think ‘Boy, I wonder what part of the game they’re in, and I wonder if this would be disruptive.’ I wondered how am I going to get this confirmed and how am I going to give people a heads up. I called a couple different people within the Colts organization to let them know I was going to be reporting this story, but nobody picked up and nobody got back to me. Somebody could have called me back and said ‘Hey, we're in whatever part of the game we’re in, would you mind waiting 30 minutes?’… Nobody did that. I felt comfortable with reporting it when I did, which I would do 100 out of 100 times.” (Full Interview at Bottom of Page)
Listen to prominent ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter join The Dan Patrick Show to talk about the ‘controversy’ he’s had to deal with concerning with way he broke news of Andrew Luck’s retirement DURING the Indianapolis’ Colts game on Saturday night.
Schefter was the first to break news of Luck’s stunning retirement, which crashed ESPN’s website momentarily, but it triggered an even bigger reaction in the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium since the news broke during the game, with Luck still on the sideline.
What then ensured was Luck being booed as he left the field in Indy for the final time.
Some feel Schefter was at all fault for Luck’s awkward situation and should have waited until after the game was over.
Schefter said he was at a birthday party for his 75-year-old Mother-in-law at the time he broke the news, and said he obviously wasn’t going to be tracking the progress of a Colts-Bears preseason game on a Saturday night.
Schefter, however, told Dan Patrick that he tried to get in touch with the Colts before breaking the news, and said he called two people within the organization but they didn’t answer, nor did they call him back. Schefter says he would have waited if requested to do so by the Colts.
Schefter also says the Colts organization and entire Colts team had known for at least 48 hours about Luck’s retirement and balked at dropping the news in a Friday press conference, instead settling for Sunday afternoon, a day after Schefter dropped one of the biggest stories in league history.
Check out the full interview below: