Schefter: Juantarius Bryant Invited to HUB Football Event After Falcons Tryout Hoax

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 17, 2021

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 27: The end zone pylon is shown during the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants game at M&T Bank Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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On Saturday, former Austin Peay defensive back Juantarius Bryant said he was the victim of a hoax after he received a message he had been invited to a tryout with the Atlanta Falcons, only to be turned away at the team facility.  

Juantarius Bryant @TheyLoveMyHair_

It’s been a rough few days, but I felt the need to clear the air and get this off my chest. Honestly ready to move on from the situation. pic.twitter.com/yUJELOstZW

But on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Bryant was being invited to a HUB football event:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

HUB Football has invited Austin Peay DB, Juantarius Bryant to its May 23 event, per source. Bryant was the victim of a tryout hoax last week, but now will attend the HUB event, as will the Falcons and others. Veteran agent Don Yee founded HUB as a new path for players to the NFL. https://t.co/doP5S5ggqz

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Other players scheduled to attend the May 23 HUB Football tryout in San Diego include QB Shea Patterson, QB Alex Hornibrook, former Broncos’ LB Brandon Marshall, CB Bené Benewikere, LB Korey Toomer, and former Austin Peay defensive back Juantarius Bryant, who got hoaxed last week https://t.co/OTL0av06oa

Bryant's agent, Corey Alexander, told ESPN's Michael Rothstein he was "frustrated" on his client's behalf after the hoax. 

"And I haven't seen it before," he added. "Working in football, I have never seen this happen. So I hope that it ends."

Bryant sent the following email to ESPN on Sunday following the hoax:

"I am ready to move on from the situation and respectfully I do not feel like talking about it over and over again. Yes, whoever did this to me is very wrong, but I'm moving on from the situation and I forgive them for whatever reason they chose to do it.
"I honestly would not like the person who pulled this stunt on me to be publicly humiliated. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy."

Bryant was a first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference defensive back in his senior season (2019), posting 107 tackles. He had 242 tackles, eight passes defensed and an interception in his college career.

Bryant should get his chance to show off his skills at the HUB event, with scouts and team representatives expected to be in attendance