Ian Rapoport Gets Caught With His Twitter Foot In His Mouth

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network was at it again on Tuesday and this time he really stuck his Twitter foot in his mouth.

Rapoport tweeted earlier in the day that Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler would likely be new Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt‘s strong choice for defensive coordinator if allowed to interview for the position. Rapoport, however, at the end of his tweet noted that Butler has lots of family in Nashville, which apparently isn’t true.


So how do we know that? Well, according to Brandon Butler, Keith Butler’s son, they don’t have family in Nashville and he called Rapoport out on Twitter for making such a statement. He has since deleted the tweet, but we got a screenshot of it.

Rapoport’s act is really growing tiring and he’s starting to make Jason La Canfora look like Jay Glazer. Ok, not really, but you get my point.

Rapoport’s report about Whisenhunt possibly wanting Butler to be his defensive coordinator is not breaking news. He’s a few days and dollars short with that speculation, but he made it worse by trying to connect dots that don’t exist. At least this time he got called on it from someone who is really in the know.

The NFL Network really should be able to do better than Rapoport, who needs to just go back to covering the beat of the New England Patriots. He’s no insider. Glazer, now he’s an insider that you can trust.

  • Brendon Glad

    Yeah, it’s a tough situation with Butler…it resembles the Erhardt/Chan Gailey situation of the mid 90s.
    Not sure how it will end up, but I certainly wouldn’t begrudge Butler’s leaving at this point. He’s been the DC-in-waiting for quite awhile. I hope he stays though.

  • T R

    haha i really starting to have a man crush on you Dave… LOL i see you finding and finalizing trouble again. LOL

  • Aric Brown

    Speaking of tweeting your foot in your mouth… Scott Brown (ESPN’S Steelers Blog Writer) had a nice little battle with a random poster… quite embarrassing for the both of them I imagine

  • Kareem Daniels

    Do the Titans have 3-4 personnel on there team? That’s the question no one is asking

  • BossSteelerChick

    Looks like those tweets were deleted.

  • pittsburghjoe

    So does Lebeau step aside and retire if Butler is the legitimate front runner? It would be a classy, selfless act.

  • gene mann

    This guy is a total A -Hole and should be banned from these siyes

  • pittsburghjoe

    I have lost all respect for this talking head.

  • 2443scott

    the way nfl network keeps getting guys who bad mouth the steelers just shows their bias to rest league ….

  • David Edward

    Unfortunately, I think with a guy like Rappaport, it’s more about “ready, fire, aim” and just getting his name out there wether he’s right or wrong.

  • Brian Tollini

    I think the NFL Network in general is a joke. I gave up on it officially last year when they were rating TD celebrations by holding up a number 1-10 like an Olympic judge. How about making a half hour show and covering two college prospects for the 14 draft. Maybe their average viewer is in junior high, but even so, Rapoport and the rest of the crew can just go away.

  • Sounds right, sans the “ready, aim” parts. He just spouts nonsense.

  • Superdriller316

    Isn’t this guy the clown who said Ben wants traded at the end of the year?

  • gene mann

    Yes same A hole

  • Starbuck63

    Do you know the diffrence between there and their?
    That’s the question I’m asking

    Tenn is 4-3 but the T’s Casey and Hill could probably make the transition to 3-4.
    Probably lookiing at 2-3 seasons before they could get the proper people in place for a switch.

  • Superdriller316

    Time to cancel his Twitter Account. Go get a job as a weather man. That way he might have a chance of getting something right for a change.

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    Ahh thats not fun.

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  • Alan Felicia

    It would be a classy act, but, Lebeau is not going to step aside. And why should he? The man can still coach. He just need some more, younger playmakers on defense. And at his age, GOD bless him.
    And if Butler leaves, I’m sure the front office will not have trouble recruiting a viable candidate to take over once Lebeau finally calls it a career.

  • Jason

    Since you’re the grammar police you spelled “difference” and “looking” wrong professor. LOL

  • Callentown

    Nice reporting Dave!!

    Rap’s a D!ck.

  • Rick Hankey

    I think he was trying to say that he fires before he aims.

  • Jeff

    Who would hit the ‘dislike’ button on this post? Lol, classic…

  • Jeff

    I used to blog all the time on ESPN’s website before the whole Facebook change. I don’t go back there because of that, and the fact that Scott Brown is an idiot. Jameson Hensley was better.

  • Jeff

    It’s funny how the NFL Network tried to make Ian Rapoport like what Adam Schefter is to ESPN….. It really turned out to be a failed experiment….. Especially in Pittsburgh after his make belief reports (yes, plural), he’s become very unreliable and everything he posts now seems untrustworthy.