There wasn’t much love to be found on Twitter on Valentine’s Day as the Chiefs’ JuJu Smith-Schuster ignited a social media firestorm with his troll job on the Eagles’ James Bradberry.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody ❤️ pic.twitter.com/skXuZVgrYR— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) February 14, 2023
The crew from The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz weighed in as the two Super Bowl combatants took their competition off the field and onto social media feeds.
Dan points out that a lot of people found JuJu’s gag, funny but a lot of people did not, especially Bradberry’s teammate AJ Brown.
First off congratulations. Y’all deserve it .This is lame. You was on the way out the league before mahomes resurrected your career on your 1 year deal Tik-Tok boy . He admitted that he grabbed you but don’t act like your like that or ever was. But congratulations again! https://t.co/Z3SpMXnP4K— AJ Brown (@1kalwaysopen_) February 14, 2023
Jessica notes that while a lot of people are calling “Tik Tok boy” an insult, she disagrees as she loves Tik Tok and likes guys, so she doesn’t think it’s that big of an insult. Dan notes that it was intended as an insult and Jessica points out that JuJu was one of the league’s first very active players on that social media platform. Chris Cote says it’s almost like word association — if you say football player that does a lot of Tik Tok JuJu’s name is the first that comes to mind.
Jessica notes that JuJu likes doing Tik Tok dances and people used to criticize him when he was on the Steelers for doing Tik Tok dances before games, calling it a distraction. She did note that she thought the criticism was goofy because that’s just what the younger generation does on their phones.
Chris also points out that Tik Tok is in a weird space where the people that do it think it is cool and the people that don’t use it as an insult. Witty notes that the insult seems like an out-of-date insult that just makes Brown seem old, while Chris points out that calling someone “Facebook Guy” would be more damning.
Dan points out that former Eagle LeGarrette Blount entered the chat, pointing out JuJu’s middling stats over the past six games and asking who held him then and don’t be a d***head. Of course, Dan is guessing that LeGarrette game logged Smith-Schuster and made sure to pick a number of games that put JuJu in a bad light. Of course, Witty goes back and discovers that JuJu put up 10 catches for 88 yards against Houston seven games ago and nine catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in the game before that, making it a convenient crop on LeGarrette’s part. Jessica points out that she loves stats for this very reason, as you can use them to make an argument.
Dan does wonder, however, where the majority of people side in this Twitter beef? He notes that it is rare for guys to go back and forth this publicly immediately after the championship and he says a lot of people interested in laughing but then a whole lot of people defending someone from the laughter. Dan also points out that JuJu has talked about a fumble against the Saints costing his team a game has haunted him and thus Dan thinks he should know better than to drag someone like this. Dan thinks you have to choose a side here: feel for Bradberry or mock him and you’re not used to an athlete doing it because they should know better from having been there before.
Witty says in the past you would have seen this happen at a parade after a few drinks and that seems to be an acceptable form of this taunting. But for whatever reason, when it spills out onto social media people have a different reaction. Witty also says he doesn’t think most people were going at Bradberry for the holding penalty, but rather were discussing the merits of making the call in the first place.
Stugotz highlights the fact that Bradberry admitted to the hold, and when paired with the fact that the Chiefs won the game, he asks did JuJu really need to rub it in more? Thus, Stugotz sides with the Eagles.
Also, who was the bigger baller — Chris Cote or 10 Day Tony?
Was it 10 Day Tony or Chris Cote who took the W in the @dollarshaveclub Duel? Watch the video, then head to @Draftkings to see if you took home a cut of the cash prizes! #DKPartner pic.twitter.com/43hFj6VNhH— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) February 15, 2023
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