Booger McFarland has definitely started a conversation with his recent comments on ESPN.
The former NFL star and current TV analyst voiced his opinion on the Dwayne Haskins saga during ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” prior to the Patriots-Bills game. McFarland spoke about Haskins’s issues and he believes it’s a growing problem with Black players in the league.
“Often times young players, especially — I’m gonna go ahead — especially young African-American players, because they make up 70 percent of this league — they come into this league and ask themselves the wrong thing,” McFarland said. “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 get my organization over the hump?’
“Here’s what they come in saying,” said McFarland, “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?”
Among the many of people who disagreed with his opinion is Martellus Bennett.
The former NFL tight end took to Twitter and posted a lengthy Twitter thread to fire back at McFarland and people who think like him:
McFarland continued his rant by comparing Haskins to former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell:
“Dwayne Haskins unfortunately is not the first case that I’ve seen like this,” McFarland said. “And it won’t be the last. And it bothers me because a lot of it is the young African-American player. They come in and they don’t take this as a business. It is still a game to them.
“I saw a quarterback do it. I saw JaMarcus Russell do it. The No. 1 pick in the draft, they gave him $40 million, and he threw it down the damn drain because he didn’t take it seriously.”