While nearly every sporting event is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is moving forward with the draft later this month.
The league did make changes to the event, moving it from Las Vegas to a virtual production, but ESPN reporter Adam Schefter is still bothered by the fact it’s continuing as planned otherwise.
Schefter is usually a reserved reporter, providing transactional updates through his Twitter account. But Tuesday night, he let his voice be heard.Appearing on “SportsCenter,” Schefter went on a rant regarding the decision to continue the draft, taking an unusually strong stance.
“But we right now, according to various news reports, are 2-to-3 weeks away from the peak of this virus. Which means that the peak could fall right on the NFL Draft. So as we’re carrying out more bodies, and as there’s more and more carnage in the streets of our cities, we’re drafting players and watching them go to teams. It seems kind of cold-hearted to be perfectly frank,” Schefter said.
Schefter continued on to say OTAs are not going to happen, but people within the league are optimistic that training camp will start on time. But the veteran reporter said while we all want football to happen this year, we have to be realistic about what’s going on in the world and whether it truly makes sense to go on.
“The draft is happening only through the sheer force and determination and lack of foresight from the NFL, frankly,” Schefter said. “They are determined to put this on while there is carnage in the streets.”
Schefter’s tone changed dramatically from a week ago, when he proposed the NFL Draft be carried out over a seven-night stretch, with one round happening each night.
The NFL Draft is currently scheduled to go on, starting Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 25.
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