Lamar Jackson is piping hot mad at an ESPN reporter.
The Baltimore Ravens were beaten by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday night, with Lamar Jackson failing to impress, and the quarterback was met with criticism on social media afterwards. Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson tweeted and deleted a vulgar slur aimed at an NFL fan after Sunday’s defeat.
The fan tweeted: “When someone asking for over $250 mil guaranteed like [Lamar] … games like this should not come down to [kicker Justin Tucker]. Let Lamar walk and spend that money on a well-rounded team.” Jackson’s response escalated things, but not in the way one reporter suggested.
He replied: “Boy STFU y’all be cappin too much on this app mf never smelt a football field never did shit but eat dick.”
An ESPN reporter phrased it as a homophobic slur.
After backlash from social media, Jackson took to Twitter and called out that reporter for defaming his character.
“This is Defamation of my character, Because not once have I ever mentioned or disrespect anyone’s Sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, Religion or Race. Your reaching…”
The Ravens are yet to comment on the tweet, but have only posted once on their Twitter account since Sunday’s defeat. Speaking after the game, Jackson didn’t do anything to hide his disappointment.
He said: “In practice everything looked good. We looked crisp in practice and stuff like that. We just missed opportunities. When you’re playing in a game like this in a tough environment, you can’t miss those. We need everything, catches, throws, points on the board.”
Was his comment to the fan the right thing to do? Absolutely not. But to phrase it as something it’s not is not helping matters at all.