There are plenty of people who’ve carved out a solid niche for themselves in the world of sports reporting by earning the “Insider” label that comes with gaining access to the players, coaches, agents, and executives who provide them with juicy pieces of info they can replay to the masses.
That includes Mike Florio, who founded Pro Football Talk more than two decades ago and has harnessed his platform to become one of the more influential media members who cover the NFL for a living.
Florio is an undoubtedly well-connected guy who has landed a number of major scoops over the course of his career. However, he isn’t exactly a universally beloved figure, as he’s failed to endear himself to Mike McDaniel and was on the receiving end of a shot Bruce Arians fired at him during his retirement press conference.
Most of that disdain can be traced back to Florio running with largely unsubstantiated rumors or trying to build a narrative on top of an incredibly shaky foundation to a point where he decidedly enters “conspiracy theory” territory.
That issue was front and center during an interview Florio recently conducted with Eagles GM Howie Roseman, which featured a segment where the former tried to get the latter to spill some details concerning the tampering case involving Jonathan Gannon that resulted in Philadelphia and Arizona swapping a draft pick to settle the dispute.
Mike Florio presses Howie Roseman on the Jonathan Gannon tampering charges
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Roseman made it clear he didn’t want to discuss the specifics of what transpired behind the scenes, and he essentially repeated the answer he gave the first time after Florio tried to press the issue.
Things escalated a bit after the PFT host asked, “Do you not realize that answers like that make people like me think there’s a hell of a lot more to this than anyone is ever going to tell us?” which resulted in Roseman responded with a pretty telling rebuke, saying:
“If I was making a list of the top five conspiracy theorists around the National Football League—I don’t know if you’d be one, I don’t want to appoint you as one—but you would definitely be top five…
I don’t want to get into any details, but I’m saying there are answers for some of your conspiratorial theories.”
Dang, Howie. Tell us how you really feel.