NFL news can really get anywhere. Even from an online video game between complete strangers.
In what must be one of the most random potential news leaks in recent memory, Reddit user ProbationOfficer2035 posted a blind nugget on Saturday to Reddit’s NFL thread about what he thought was a trade. It was not so much that the user had received some information about something at work – it was how they got the lump.
In this case? In a bit of a wild improbability, it came from an open microphone during an online “Call of Duty” game called Warzone, which has an option to randomly turn up with strangers and play virtually together. In this particular case, the Reddit user (who is a self-proclaimed Green Bay Packers fan) happened to be merged with the significant other of Chicago Bears̵
As ProbationOfficer2035 described it …
Normally this will be chalked up to nonsense. But immediately after the Reddit post – and probably without any idea that anyone had heard his background conversation – tweeted Coward, who was a limited free agent for the Bears and did not make an offer from the team:
Then came Sunday, when one of Coward’s agents, Brian Adkins, tweeted a follow-up to Coward’s wife (who is an avid player with her own Twitch channel) who seems to confirm that something actually happened in a random “Call of Duty” “Games:
Of course, none of this actually confirms that Coward signs with the Steelers – and as of Sunday night, no agreement had been reached. But at least one thing’s for sure: the NFL’s reputation factory ears are everywhere, including on the other side of the gaming microphone.
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