As NFL fans were awaiting an update on Cleveland Browns star Nick Chubb on Monday night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter sent out a tweet that could have been worded better. In fact, it couldn’t have been worded any worse.
Chubb was hurt early in the second quarter of Monday’s game against the Steelers. Even with the help of teammates, he was unable to get to his feet and grabbed at his knee. Within a minute of the play, it was apparent that something was wrong. ESPN’s Joe Buck quickly said that the replay of the injury was “not to be seen” while fans at Pittsburgh’s Acrisure Stadium let out an audible groan upon seeing the injury on the stadium’s video board.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is one of the people who football fans tend to look to for injury reports. And not long after the injury, he sent out a doozy of a tweet.
Nick Chubb dislocated his left knee and tore his MCL, PCL, and LCL with cartilage damage on October 10, 2015 vs. Tennessee. He injured the same knee tonight vs. Pittsburgh.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 19, 2023
Technically speaking, this is an accurate tweet. It’s grammatically correct and historically accurate. While in college at Georgia in 2015, Watson sustained those injuries.
But given that it was quickly apparent that Chubb sustained a knee injury on Monday, starting a tweet with “Nick Chubb dislocated his left knee and tore his MCL, PCL, and LCL with cartilage damage” was an odd choice.
— Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) September 19, 2023
— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) September 19, 2023
— OLIVIA witherite⁷ (@Oliviawitherite) September 19, 2023
— Will Compton (@_willcompton) September 19, 2023
Reword this colossally misleading and confusing tweet please https://t.co/ZnfJtTnud3
— David Steele (@David_C_Steele) September 19, 2023
Schefter. Bro. You are way too prominent to still be using clickbaity wording like this. Do your damn job and relay information as clearly as possible.
Aka don’t wait until the third goddam line to mention that you’re talking about an injury eight years ago. https://t.co/l994n5ZqgX
— Kacy Sager (@THESagerbomb) September 19, 2023
Hey Adam, MAYBE START THE TWEET with “On October 10, 2015.” https://t.co/EqkzeNC2Oh
— I’m Mr. Brightside (@_blue42) September 19, 2023
Schefter’s tweet might not have been so bad if it wasn’t abundantly clear that Chubb had sustained a knee injury and if sustaining any or all of the injuries mentioned wasn’t a distinct possibility. But given that it happened, starting with the date or “When he was in college” would have been better advised here.