Toronto Argonauts’ head coach Ryan Dinwiddie shot down an erroneous NFL report.
The original report was made by Tony Grossi, a Cleveland Browns analyst who works for a number of media outlets in Ohio. He reported that the Cleveland Browns were “talking to” Dinwiddie about the club’s head coaching vacancy. Dinwiddie was named Argos’ bench boss in December and stated there was no truth to the report.
“No, there’s not. I actually got a few texts, people calling me: ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ I go, ‘I don’t know,'” Dinwiddie said at the CFL’s Winter Meetings.
“A lot of people didn’t believe me, so then they started sending the texts with the article and I read it. I was like well this is news to me, I haven’t had any conversations with them. It’s flattering if I was mentioned in that situation, but it’s fake news.”
Some guy reported CFL coach Ryan Dinwiddie was in the running for the Browns job citing "multiple sources" and it was all from a single fake text message the writer didnt even know who was sending it.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 7, 2020
Dinwiddie wasn’t the only one to kibosh the NFL rumours. A Twitter user took to social media claiming that he was the source behind Grossi’s report via text. Whether the Twitter user’s story checks out or not, Dinwiddie’s made it clear that he hasn’t had any contact with the Browns.
That time (last Friday) I texted Tony Grossi a fake rumor and he ran with it ???? pic.twitter.com/5uPSFvTN5y
— Beansie A. Ramp (@BeansieARamp) January 7, 2020
Two of Dinwiddie’s former Winnipeg Blue Bombers teammates, Kliff Kingsbury and Zac Taylor are currently NFL head coaches with the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals respectively. After Kevin Glenn broke his arm in the 2007 East Final, both men dressed alongside Dinwiddie in the Grey Cup, a loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Perhaps one day Dinwiddie could join his colleagues on the NFL sidelines.