Torrey Smith Calls Out Booger McFarland Doubling Down on Comments About Black Players Only Caring About Brand (TWEETS)

When commenting on ESPN about the Washington Football Team’s Monday decision to release quarterback Dwayne Haskins, former NFL defensive tackle Anthony “Booger” McFarland called on young players — specifically young African-American players—to work harder and treat playing football as a “serious business.”

Some people are taking issue with the fact that McFarland only singled out Black players during the Monday Night Countdown segment:

A bunch of people took issue with what he said, specifically Torrey Smith. The former NFL WR took to Twitter and fired back at McFarland:

McFarland argued that he only mentioned African-American players specifically because they make up 70 percent of the NFL.

“They come into the league saying not, ‘How can I be a better player?’ They don’t say, ‘How can I be a better teammate?’ They don’t say, ‘How can I be a better person? How can I get my organization over the hump?'” McFarland said. “Here’s what they come in saying: They come in saying, ‘How can I build my brand better? How can I build my social media following better? How can I work out on Instagram and show everybody that I’m ready to go? But when I get to the game, I don’t perform.'”

Booger continued, saying, “It bothers me, because a lot of it is the young African-American players. They come in, and they don’t take this like a business. It is still a game to them. This ain’t football, man. This is a billion-dollar business. It’s billions of dollars.”

He closed his monologue by telling NFL players to really consider what’s at stake:

“My message to Dwayne Haskins—not just him, but the rest of the young players in the NFL—man, this is a game, but take it as a business. There are billions—with a ‘b’—of dollars at stake, and until you start approaching this game that way, until you start coming to work coming to work, saying, ‘Y’know what? What can I do to get better today? What can I do to make sure my teammates are better today? How can I put my organization first instead of my damn Instagram?’ Take it as a serious business, but too many times, it’s a game. ‘We wanna TikTok. We wanna do all these different things.’ Man, do you know how much money is at stake?” McFarland said.