Colts GM Chris Ballard bothered by leak of Andrew Luck’s retirement
There’s no turning back from the Andrew Luck retirement at this point for the Indianapolis Colts. There’s no way he’s coming back to the team and they have to live without him.
However, team GM Chris Ballard is determined to know who was the man that leaked the news way before the team was ready to reveal it. He is seemingly determined to get to the bottom of things and figure out the perpetrator.
The Athletic’s Zak Keefer revealed the GM’s fixation on the person who provided the leak:
Colts GM Chris Ballard on the source of the leak on Andrew Luck's retirement: "It bothers me, I'd be lying to you if I said it didn't bother me. But that's been hard to track down."
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) September 1, 2019
ESPN’s Andrew Schefter also revealed in an interview that practically everyone in the Colts organization knew Luck’s decision to walk away from the game.
“What’s shocking to me is that the information didn’t come out sooner,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed on The Dan Le Batard Show earlier this week, via Complex’s Jose Martinez. “Honestly, I feel bad that it took as long as it did to get the information out. And there were people in the Colts’ organization that knew during the week. There were players that were told Thursday. There were players that were told Friday. There were players who knew. The owner knew. The GM knew. The head coach knew. Teammates knew.”
Should the Colts hierarchy discover the person behind the leak, there are likely harsh punishments to be given out. After all, such big news must be released by the organization when they’re ready to let the world know. The leak stole that chance from them.
However, they should rather focus on the coming season instead of finding the person responsible for the leak. They have a talented squad of players that can play great football even without Luck. As long as they do everything well, they can even make a deep playoff run.