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NFL Network suspends lead reporter

Of all the chaotic things happening in the wild world of sports during the COVID era, not once did anyone think that the words "manscape" would become part of one of the latest head scratchers.

Late Friday night NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

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— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 10, 2020

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tweeted that he had been suspended for two weeks for posting something to his social media channels without clearance from his employer. An apology for what though? When it was posted, there was much speculation but no clarity about what had happened. Originally, the reason behind Rapoport's suspension was unknown. It was not until after he posted to twitter that the nature of the suspension was revealed. New York Post's

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Rapoport posted an ad for Manscape, which is to clean up your groin area, without approval and that is why he got nicked.

— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) October 10, 2020

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Andrew Marchand reported that the 2 week suspension was a result of Rapoport posting an ad for a "manscaping" tool.

The ad that Rapoport posted has since been deleted but included phrases like“The perfect tools, for your family jewels". According to Jane Slater in her tweets, attention only got brought back to the ad because she posted the video to her Instagram story. Rapoport originally posted the video in mid September.

In a now deleted tweet, Slater said, "Backstory: Sad that it took me reposting his 'Manscape' IG video for this to rise to this level of severity. To be very clear, I thought it was funny and I’m not ok with my friend and colleague getting punished for it under false guises of double standards".

It comes as no surprise that social media began to explode with comments, jokes and questions. However, one of the more serious questions asked was if the length of suspension really matched the severity of the infraction.

Clearly ownership felt the damage done by Rapoport was significant enough to warrant sidelining one of their top reporters for two weeks during a season packed with constant news due to Covid.

While others might question the length of the suspension, or even the suspension itself, what may be more odd than the length of suspension is the public apology made on twitter by Rapoport himself. His apology/explanation seemed to draw more attention than his original posting as most of his followers had absolutely no idea what the issue was until Marchand clarified. His apology actually brought significantly more attention to the situation than the original video.

NFL Network reporter being suspended for discussing his personal grooming -- another reason 2020 is the most unusual year in a long, long time.