Jimmy Garoppolo’s future with the San Francisco 49ers is very much in doubt.
At one point in the offseason Garoppolo’s departure from the Bay seemed like a foregone conclusion. But now, between his declining trade value and extremely legitimate questions about Trey Lance – the Niners may need to keep him around.
This week, an interesting report emerged regarding Garoppolo’s 49ers origin story. Specifically, why the New England Patriots may have dealt him to San Francisco back in 2017.
The move was always a head-scratcher given Tom Brady’s age and the clear issues that existed between the GOAT and his head coach, Bill Belichick.
According to a recent report, some believe Garoppolo got dealt because he impregnated Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s much younger girlfriend.
“A few years back, it was rumored that GOAT QB felt threatened by his prospective replacement, which resulted in shock trade of said new talent and major divide in management because head coach wanted to keep him,” the report noted.
“The REAL reason for the trade was because QB knocked up owner’s much younger girlfriend. This all tracks…owner publicly claimed to not father the child, traded player is a bust and quarterback legend continues to win with his famed ‘Take one for the Team’ attitude.”
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In May 2018, People Magazine revealed that Kraft’s girlfriend, Ricki Lander, gave birth to a baby that was not Kraft’s.
“Ricki Noel Lander became the proud mother of a beautiful, healthy baby,” the article noted.
“‘While Robert Kraft is not the biological father, he is thrilled with Ricki’s blessing of having a healthy child. With respect to her family’s privacy, we will not be commenting any further,’ the rep said at the time.”
So what’s etched in stone and not up for debate is that a baby was delivered by Kraft’s girlfriend, and it wasn’t his. But was it Garoppolo’s?
That part is still up in the air.
In any case, whether it’s true or not, all parties involved have clearly moved on.
Garoppolo is trying to figure out what his future in San Francisco looks like, amidst something of an awkward relationship with Niners brass.
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His replacement, second-year star Lance, is dealing with some weird off-the-field drama of his own.
And Kraft, he’s trying to rebuild the Patriots dynasty around former Alabama standout Mac Jones, who has some strange tendencies in his own right.
Will the truth about what’s what with Garoppolo and Kraft ever really come out? Time will tell.