Of all people, Rob Lowe tweeted yesterday that Peyton Manning of the Colts is retiring, fueling an internet frenzy. But knowing Rob Lowe’s character, one cannot help wonder if the news is actually true.
Yesterday, actor Rob Lowe generated a Twitter frenzy with the following message:”Hearing my fave, #18 Peyton Manning will not return to #NFL. Wow. #Colts”. Fans and media got the message and by Wednesday afternnon, “Rob Lowe”, “Peyton Manning” and “#RobLowelsReporting” were among the top 10 U.S. Twitter trends.
The news might make any sense if we look at the changes the Colts have operated throughout this offseason and analysts expect to see many more. At the same time, Rob Lowe’s message isn’t the only one to be ravaging the fans. Over the weekend, members of the Indianapolis media reported that Jim Caldwell would be retained as head coach.
Plus, Peyton Manning didn’t exactly have an amazing season in 2011. In fact, he had to sat out the season after enduring multiple offseason neck surgeries.
So far, in both cases, official sources have announced it is not the case. For the rumors about naming Jim Caldwell head coach, Jim Irsay and new General Manager Ryan Grigson said it was definitely not the case.
When it comes to Manning’s retirement, his father and agent stepped up to clarify things. Manning Senior said: “Noooo… he ain’t retiring. I think he would’ve told me”. At the same time the quarterback’s agent, Tom Condon, said that it was the first time he has ever heard about it.
So, now that things calmed down, the question remains: where did Rob Lowe heard the news first? Reporters close to the topic say that actor Rob Lowe is friends with Colts owner Jim Irsay who was the first person to follow him before the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell.
Rob Lowe explained for Rich Eisen of NFL Network that he got the scoop from a “pretty-darn good source”, adding that “it wasn’t Jim or anyone close to Jim”, referring to the Colts’ owner. He concluded his statement saying that he is just a fan and will leave it to the professionals to “see what’s true or not”.