NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport announces suspension; men’s grooming product reportedly at root of ban

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport announced late Friday that he would be “off-air” for the next two weeks.

He did not spell out why he had been suspended until Oct. 22, saying only that he posted something on social media “without clearance from NFL Network, which went against its guidelines.”

New York Post media columnist Andrew Marchand later reported that the ban was for Rapoport posting an ad for the Manscaped Lawn Mower, a razor designed to trim male pubic hair.

Before Marchand’s report, there was speculation Rapoport was banned for retweeting a report that Titans players held an unauthorized workout days after being sent home from the team’s facility because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

With a topic as sensitive as male grooming being part of the story, there were, of course, puns. Many, many puns. Marchand got it started.

The people in his replies felt the need to . . . cut up, too.

Rapoport did not say whether he was also ordered to stay off social media or to not report for NFL.com.

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