Ian Rapoport's startling shoe policy Credit: NFL+

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport is one of the best in the business at what he does. Rapoport is constantly breaking news, as he’s been a go-to source for all things NFL, as insider culture has transcended the industry.

But what apparently hasn’t transcended the Rapoport household is the unwritten rule of not wearing shoes in the home. While Rapoport didn’t mention that any of his family members do so, he made a startling admission on Wednesday that was captured by Awful Announcing. 

During a segment on NFL+ The Insiders, fellow insider Tom Pelissero asked Rapoprot what’s the one piece of clothing he’d pay to continue wearing. This was likely about the report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the NFL is “considering” fining George Kittle for a derogatory T-shirt he wore under his jersey this past Sunday.

“I wear shoes in the house all the time, even though it’s forbidden,” Rapoport said, as his colleague, NFL Network’s Judy Battista was visibly taken aback. “I cannot not wear shoes in the house. So, I would pay for that.”

Those in the NFL world were quick to offer their reactions to Rapoport’s startling admission.


Pelissero also admitted that he was an “indoor shoe guy,” but later clarified that he has a pair of specific “indoor shoes.”

Has anyone introduced these two to a thing called slippers?

[Awful Announcing on Twitter]

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Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.