ESPN's Adam Schefter Rips NFL's Plan to Hold Draft Amid 'Carnage in the Streets'


One of the most prominent sports journalists covering the NFL slammed the league's handling of its upcoming draft amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ESPN reporter Adam Schefter criticized the NFL on "Sportscenter" on Tuesday night, days after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the draft would be held as scheduled.

“The draft is happening only through the sheer force and determination and lack of foresight from the NFL, frankly,” Schefter said. “They are determined to put this on while there is carnage in the streets."

Last week, the NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams telling them that draft would go on as scheduled for April 23-25 despite calls from several general managers to postpone the annual event. The NFL Management Committee was reportedly "unanimous and unequivocal" in deciding to move ahead.

The draft will be televised only, with no teams or players attending the event, which was previously scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Goodell's memo warned teams against discussing the fate of the draft publicly.

"Public discussion of issues relating to the Draft serves no useful purpose and is grounds for disciplinary action."