‘He Had No Clue’ – NFL Insider claims Julio Jones Was Unaware of Being on Air During Shannon Sharpe Interview

Published 06/08/2021, 7:45 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 22: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons has some laughs on the sidelines in the second half of an NFL preseason game against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)


The Julio Jones trade saga is finally done and dusted. The 2-time All-Pro, who spent a decade with the Atlanta Falcons, finally had his wish come true by being traded to the Tennessee Titans.

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A former first-round pick, Jones had been a loyal servant to the Falcons franchise. But years of disappointment and uncertainty led the wide receiver to force a move from Atlanta.

ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 22: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during the first half of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

The Falcons had earlier stated that they would be willing to listen to offers of Jones. But the relationship quickly turned sour when the wide receiver made his desire public on live television.

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Julio Jones unaware his call was televised

During a segment of the May 24th episode of Undisputed, one of the hosts, NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe called up Julio Jones to ask him about a potential move away from Atlanta.

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The episode aired weeks before Jones was ultimately traded. But his statement on the show riled up the Falcons and fan base and management alike.

“I’m outta there,” Jones has said in reply to Sharpe’s question. While there’s no real issue with stating one’s desire to leave a franchise, what kicked up a storm was whether Julio Jones was even aware that the call was put on speaker for the entire world to hear.

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Sharpe did not once tell Jones after picking up that the cast was filming for an episode of the show. This raised several questions about journalism ethics and principles.

Some felt that Jones must’ve been made aware beforehand about the conversation being aired on TV. But NFL insider Albert Breer believes that this was certainly not the case.

“I have it on good authority that Jones had no clue that he was on national TV when he said to FS1’s Shannon Sharpe, ‘I’m outta there’ two weeks ago, which led to his trade request becoming public,” he said.

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With Julio Jones now being traded, one can say that all’s well that ends well. But after 10 years of unparalleled service, Jones surely left the Falcons with a bitter taste in their mouth.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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