It will be interesting watching what facts come out in the next few days/weeks regarding what happened to Chandler Jones over the weekend.
This is what we know for sure:
On Chandler Jones' situation: 1) no arrest; 2) no known failed drug test; 3) HIPAA protects record & 4) he's now ok. https://t.co/WmWmGaXNBV
— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) January 13, 2016
What else do we know? Very little apparently, but that’s not stopping rampant speculation.
This was what started the whole story:
The Tweet was taken down soon after and replaced with this.
The bit about Gronk’s house was removed. Then Lou Merloni advanced the story.
According to my source, Chandler walked into police station parking lot all jammed up shirtless and shoeless asking for help from police
— Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) January 13, 2016
So now of the original Chris Curtis (D&C producer, runs the Twitter account) Tweet, the bit about Gronk’s house has been removed, Lou says Jones “walked” into police station which would seem to disprove the “OD” aspect. The Police dispatcher in the case mentioned “class D Delta” which often refers to marijuana. Other unnamed sources suggest sleeping pills and a bad reaction to something.
For someone who spent months railing against Chris Mortensen for blindly tweeting what sources told him, Curtis seems the ultimate hypocrite here. Instead, much of their show today was spent focused on whether the police covered up for the Patriots and Jones, and calling Patriots fans hypocrites. Okay.
There is definitely a story here though. The question is, who is going to get it, and get it right? Gillette Stadium was mobbed with reporters this morning, ensuring that this story will already have more coverage than the Peyton Manning HGH story. But will the stories rely on facts, or speculation?
We’ll be watching, media.
Try and get it right this time, OK?