9:26 AM Update: The Instagram post has been deleted
Source tells me that Jimmy Garoppolo didn't post that to his Instragram account and that he was hacked. That post has now been removed.
— Mark Daniels (@ByMarkDaniels) March 10, 2017
The above picture was posted from Jimmy Garropolo’s verified Instagram account at about 4:00 Friday morning. So naturally, everyone went crazy. Traded to Cleveland? Patriots get the No. 12 pick? Did the great Bill Belichick work his magic again?
But slowly the world began to catch wind that Jimmy G wasn’t going anywhere (yet), and the Instagram post may have been the result of a hacking. Ian Rapoport even went live on NFL Network to talk about it, and people, this is a man that is sick and tired of everyone’s bullshit.
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) March 10, 2017
TFW you’ve been up for 36 hours straight and get stuck reporting on an Instagram hack of a backup QB.
Yup, Rapoport’s pissed, and I’m pissed. I mean, don’t get me wrong, this is a hilarious hacking. Most times when famous people’s accounts get hacked they just start spewing out racial slurs or some nonsense that tips you off right away that it’s a hacking, but this one was so perfectly timed and so realistically possible that you just have to respect it in a way. And doing it at 4 AM is genius too; not only are you ensuring a few hours of the post staying up because Jimmy G is getting his beauty sleep, but you also get guys like Rapoport waking up in the wee hours of the morning to report on a non-story. And as of 9 AM Friday the post is still up, meaning the hacker most likely changed Jimmy’s password so he can’t even take the post down. In some ways, it’s really the perfect crime.
So for now Jimmy remains a Patriot, but obviously that’s likely to change. The real story when he is eventually moved will be where he ends up and what New England gets in return, but rest assured, when a move is officially announced the RSJ team will be on it.
P.S. It looks like Jimmy G was taking in a Blackhawks game last night. Safe to say he had a good time and is still getting some z’s in — not to mention Chicago is an hour behind us on the east coast.