Patriots star Stephon Gilmore’s wife says he never went out to dinner with Cam Newton before their positive COVID-19 tests.
For the vast majority of the week, Pats Nation had accepted a troubling report as fact; according to Adam Schefter, Newton — hours before testing positive on Friday, Oct. 2 — had eaten dinner with Gilmore alone, resulting in the eventual positive test for the DB following the team’s Week 4 loss to Kansas City in a game that we all believe should never have been played.
Although the usually-reliable Schefter was the initial source of the report, Gabrielle Gilmore finally lost her patience after reading the information repeatedly, and lashed out at Pats insider Doug Kyed on Tuesday. According to this particular inside source, this dinner on the town never happened.
We know plenty about how COVID-19 spreads, at this point, so we’re well aware that players across the Patriots could’ve gotten infected without protocol being broken, and without a two-man dinner being shared in some sort of controlled environment.
Both Gilmore and Newton could’ve easily handled everything right, and still succumbed to the infection.
When asked to explain herself, Gabrielle revealed that she’d simply become annoyed after seeing the narrative circulate a “couple times” — if it was really just a “couple,” then she must be doing a better job of unplugging than the rest of us are.
According to sources in both camps, Newton and Gilmore remain asymptomatic, though neither is eligible to return yet until they can produce a pair of negative tests, or until more time ticks off the clock.
Both are ready to return, it would seem, but this isn’t a typical injury, nor is it a typical NFL landscape, and no one’s going to clamor for their return before they’re over-ready.