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Wendell Smallwood Trashed Philly on Twitter Before Being Drafted By Eagles (Tweets)
During Saturday’s final day of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles used a 5th round pick to select West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood.
They did so knowing that in 2011, Smallwood tweeted the following about Philly:
And in 2012, he had this to say:
And in 2014, there was this:
Usually these types of comments would be a red flag, especially for the team whose city they were directed towards. But Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman claims the team discussed the tweets with Smallwood prior to the draft, and they must have felt as though it was a thing of the past when they used one of their draft picks on the 22-year-old.
Smallwood spoke about the tweets with the media, claiming he was young and immature at the time:
“The stuff on Twitter, I was young,” Smallwood said. “It was 2011 or 10. It was real embarrassing and I don’t believe anything I said. I’ve definitely grown since that stuff was sent out. I definitely learned from it and I don’t want anyone to feel any kind of way about it.
“I’m sorry if I offended anybody. But that’s not how I feel. That’s not the kind of person I am. Hopefully, I get to show that through these years in a professional league.”
I believe him, but it may take a few touchdowns before the Philly fans are convinced.