Simmons heard from a rock solid source the Pats were going to trade Moss. He texted two other sources to see if they had heard anything. They hadn’t heard anything.
The whole time he was blasting out texts and trying to break the story, he was in the middle of filming segments for ESPN’s E:60 show. During breaks he was trying to gather information.
Since he’s not super connected, and he’s not the sort of person that breaks news, Simmons decided to DM Adam Schefter, ESPN’s chief NFL scoopster.
Under the hot glare of TV lights, with tons of make-up caked on his face, he got flustered trying to DM Schefter. He kicked himself out of DM mode, into regular Tweeting mode, without realising. He blasted out the tweet “moss Vikings.”
He then went back to filming for E:60. When the segment ended he looked at his phone and realised his big error. He tweeted a follow up explaining to his 1.3 million followers: “Sorry that last tweet was supposed to be a DM. rumours swirling about a Pats-Minny trade for Randy Moss.”
A few hours later, Simmons was vindicated, as the Pats did trade Moss. But, ESPN’s rival, Fox Sports got credit for the scoop. In the clubby world of journalism that’s a more embarrassing than an accidental tweet.
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