Of course it’s click bait, exaggerated, and pure gossip. It’s the same thing as SpyGate and DeflateGate. There are some truths behind it, but people on both ends of the spectrum will believe what they want. Just have fun with it.
In my personal opinion, you can count the reporters with any journalistic integrity that still work at ESPN on two hands. Their goal, for some time now, has been one thing and one thing only: ratings. They are desperately trying to stay relevant in a media landscape that has passed them by.