Gannon Gate: PFT’s Mike Florio suggests Super Bowl bettors may have a legal case against AZ for tampering violations involving Jonathan Gannon
ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio specifically) will not let this Jonathan Gannon tampering story die. Florio grilled Eagles GM Howie Roseman about it back in May, and now he’s suggesting that Super Bowl bettors may have a legal case against Arizona for their role in the violation.
Florio – who actually has a law degree from WVU – threw this out there on Thursday:
“As we’ve suggested in the past, the tampering by the Cardinals potentially resulted in Gannon spending plenty of time that he should have been devoting to the Philly defense to preparing for his Cardinals interview, which happened one day after the Super Bowl. From putting together presentation materials to outlining his thoughts for the interview to contacting potential staff members, it’s possible Gannon spent plenty of time getting ready for the interview — time that could have been spent shoring up weaknesses in his current employer’s defense. Such as, for example, the struggles when dealing with plays involving motions and shifts.
The Cardinals violated the rules; they’ve acknowledged it. The violation created a distraction. Depending on the total amount of time Gannon spent preparing for the interview, the distraction might have kept him from properly doing his job, which could have undermined the integrity of the Super Bowl.
So what does that mean for bettors who wagered on the Eagles to win or to cover? The Eagles were on track after 30 minutes to do both. The legal argument would spring from the basic reality that Arizona blatantly violated league rules by planting the seed that created the distraction for Gannon — the distraction that kept him from properly preparing the Eagles defense.”
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If you didn’t feel like reading all of that, here’s the long and short of it: Arizona contacting Gannon about a possible interview could have distracted the former Eagles DC from adequately preparing for the Super Bowl, therefore affecting the integrity of the game in which plenty of sports bettors placed a lot of money on.
I don’t think Florio is actually advocating for someone to try and sue the Cardinals because they lost money on the Super Bowl. It’s more of a thought experiment than anything else. Because in reality, a judge would probably laugh at such a claim.
There’s no way to prove how much Gannon was affected by the phone call with Arizona’s leadership. In the end, I tend to believe Gannon just got mind fucked by the best offensive mind in the sport (Andy Reid) and the best quarterback playing right now (Patrick Mahomes).
If Super Bowl 57 was the first time Gannon got outclassed by a good quarterback, maybe this argument would hold some merit. But *checks notes* he’s actually never done well against even above average quarterbacks, ever.
This whole Gannon Gate fiasco has been a fun ride, but I think I speak for most Eagles fans when I say we’re ready to move on.
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