Why Adam Schefter Isn’t On ESPN’s 2022 NFL Draft Coverage
ESPN’s coverage of the 2022 NFL Draft will be a little different.
Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has previously announced that he will be broadcasting from his home in Maryland, rather than from ESPN’s draft headquarters in Las Vegas. The longtime analyst is not vaccinated against COVID-19, he announced in a statement on Twitter last weekand therefore not allowed to be on site in Las Vegas.
While Kiper will continue to be a part of ESPN’s coverage from afar, the network said longtime insider Adam Schefter will not be participating in NFL Draft coverage this year. Schefter will instead prepare to attend his son’s college graduation, according to an ESPN statement released last week. In his place, longtime insider Chris Mortensen will anchor the reporting tasks for the network.
Schefter’s son, Devon, leaves for Michigan. According to the university start schedulegraduation festivities take place on Saturday, April 30.
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Schefter, ESPN’s prominent NFL reporter, signed a new contract in March that would earn him about $10 million a year. He was a vital part of the network’s coverage of the NFL Draft during his nearly 20-year career with the company. However, the 55-year-old has found himself in hot water over the past few months.
NFL investigation into racist and misogynistic emails sent between former Raiders coach Jon Gruden and Washington team staff found Schefter cleared then-Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, to read an article before it was published 10 years earlier, jokingly referring to it as “Mr.”
Then there was Schefter’s take on the domestic assault allegations against Vikings running back Dalvin Cook last November. He based his initial report solely on information from Cook’s agent Zac Hiller, who said his client was a “victim of domestic violence and extortion” without attempting to contact the woman involved in the case, who filed a lawsuit accusing Cook of domestic violence.
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is a victim of domestic abuse and extortion – there is ongoing litigation, according to his agent Zac Hiller.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 10, 2021
Schefter was back in the news cycle for all the wrong reasons in early April. Schefter announced the tragic death of Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins in a car accident. However, instead of praising Haskins for all he has accomplished on and off the court, Schefter instead decided to throw a dig at Haskins for seemingly struggling at the NFL level.
— Mr Yacht🛥 (@SirYacht_) April 9, 2022
Schefter has been roundly criticized for his characterization of Haskins. He eventually deleted the tweet and apologized, praising Haskins on his radio show.
An apology and a tribute to Dwayne Haskins. pic.twitter.com/QxjShC4ZYu
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 11, 2022