The Patriots’ dinner saga may be reaching its final course.
After ESPN reporter Adam Schefter doubled down on his report that Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore dined together Oct. 2 — just days before both tested positive for COVID-19 — Gilmore’s wife appeared to stand by her side of the story as well, while reacting to the firestorm that the alleged dinner has brought about.
“I’m not going back and forth with anybody. I said what I said,” Gabrielle Gilmore tweeted Wednesday.
Gilmore was revealed to have tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 7 and Schefter said on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia that he wasn’t necessarily surprised by the news because the Patriots star cornerback had been “spotted having dinner” with Newton the night before the quarterback was found to have tested positive.
Gabrielle Gilmore later said “there was no dinner out.”
The conflicting stories may have been about semantics, it turns out.
“They might not have been out to dinner. I don’t know whether they had dinner at Cam’s house or Stephon Gilmore’s house or at the Patriots, but they had dinner together Friday night,” Schefter said Wednesday on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” in Boston.
“I have real respect for Stephon Gilmore, Mrs. Gilmore, [and] I’m not looking to refute anybody,” he added. “They weren’t out to dinner. I don’t know why this is an issue. Cam Newton tested positive early Saturday morning. The night before, Stephon Gilmore and Cam Newton had dinner. That’s all. They didn’t do anything wrong. There’s nothing to that. They had dinner. What’s the problem? … It’s nobody’s fault, but they did have dinner Friday night.”
The Patriots are scheduled to return to practice Thursday and Newton is expected to join them, according to ESPN. Gilmore’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Broncos is unknown but he was reportedly asymptomatic.
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