Last week, veteran football reporter Jim Trotter revealed on social media that his contract at NFL Media had not been renewed.
The company’s decision not to retain Trotter came amidst a larger group of layoffs. Longtime NFL Network host Rachel Bonnetta, reporter Mike Giardi, and analyst Willie McGinest were all let go last week.
On Monday, seven days after being informed that his contract wouldn’t be renewed, Trotter told NBCSports’ Peter King that he was offered a severance package by NFL Media – but under one condition.
“I was offered a three-month severance package, with an NDA,” Trotter said, according to Pro Football Talk. “I declined.”
Jim Trotter says he was offered a severance package by the NFL, contingent on signing an NDA. https://t.co/56Y6vqRr3N
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 3, 2023
For some, the timing of the split between NFL Network and Trotter has raised a few eyebrows.
Six weeks ago, Trotter publicly, and for the second time, asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the lack of diversity in NFL Media leadership. But while Goodell doesn’t seem to believe that played a role in the company’s decision not to retain him, Trotter isn’t so sure.
“I’ve thought a lot about Brian Flores’ lawsuit against @nfl for alleged discriminator hiring practices,” Trotter tweeted last week. “His case is the micro. The macro is the culture within the NFL, including owner behavior that was covered up by the league-owned newsroom. Stay tuned. More to come.”
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Publish Date:2023-04-04 21:36:07