NFL Network analyst Ian Rapoport is one of the masters of breaking news in the sport, but even he gets it wrong now and then.
Rapoport had to correct himself Sunday after he reported that Florida Gators offensive tackle Richard Gouraige had been healthy, but woke up Sunday with a swollen ankle “after a pain tolerance test created an injury.”
While many NFL fans likely questioned that initial tweet (“What the heck is a pain tolerance test?”), Rapoport later issued a follow-up tweet explaining the term. The NFL informed him there is no such thing.
Rapoport tweeted, “An NFL spokesman is clarifying my use of the term ‘pain tolerance test,’ saying: ‘There is no pain tolerance test. The player underwent a typical physical exam.'”
An NFL spokesman is clarifying my use of the term “pain tolerance test,” saying: “There is no pain tolerance test. The player underwent a typical physical exam.” https://t.co/8O31ovspK4
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5, 2023
Rapoport’s clarification merely ensured the term “NFL pain tolerance test” would go viral. NFL fans quickly weighed in on the topic.
This is not meant as a shot at Ian in any way shape or form, but this is the funniest freaking clarification ever offered.
The player underwent a “typical physical exam” in which the subject’s ankle was swelled up over night and caused him to decide not to run. https://t.co/zn2p0v4knz
— Danny O’Neil (@dannyoneil) March 5, 2023
Ah so the phrase “pain tolerance test” was made up by Gouraige’s agent or the NFL thinks calling a portion of the physical exam a “pain tolerance test” sounds too harsh.
— GiantsBlueBlooded (@RealTlkFB) March 5, 2023
The first rule about pain tolerance test is that there is no pain tolerance test?
— Jeff Domingues (@jeffdomingues) March 5, 2023
Got called to the principals office huh?
— Edgewalker (@edgewalker81) March 5, 2023
Whoa brother. Blink twice if you’re in danger!
— Jonathan Battle (@CoachJBattleSr) March 5, 2023