On two separate occasions this week NFL quarterbacks responded on Twitter to criticism from a sports radio host. First up was Jared Stillman vs Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, followed by Jason Smith and Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Jared Stillman, afternoon drive host on 102.5 The Game in Nashville questioned Deshaun Watson’s outfit choice for attending Monday’s National Championship game which featured the quarterback’s alma mater, Clemson, against Alabama.
Stillman is not the first broadcaster to unnecessarily question an athlete’s attire, see Joe Simpson calling Chase Utley “unprofessional” for his batting practice shirt, or Colin Cowherd’s critique of Tony Romo’s backwards hat. For those wondering, Watson was wearing a bright purple hoodie, (one of Clemson’s colors) along with plaid pants. Watson responded to Stillman, making it clear he had no issue with his outfit choice.
If one sports radio host vs NFL quarterback Twitter spat in a week isn’t enough, Fox Sports Radio tweeted a quote from overnight host Jason Smith saying Baker Mayfield makes the Browns head coaching job “less-desirable.” Baker responded via social media, simply saying “lol.”
Smith might be correct, it’s possible some coaching candidates weren’t interested in continuing the development of Baker. However, in the end, the Browns ended up with the the coach that helped their young quarterback put up rookie of the year type numbers and Smith’s radio segment received added attention, which both seem like desirable outcomes.