In this edition of ‘Philadelphia Eagles Roundup’, we discuss Malik Jackson, and Le’Veon Bell, and their recent clash on Twitter.
Social media and the news can get real messy. We all know that. We’ve known that for a while. Recently, Philadelphia Eagles fans saw how social media can be used as a weapon. They also learned that a positive message can be found in the mess some of us try to create. We can thank Malik Jackson and Le’Veon Bell for all of that.
Interested? We thought so. We’ll attempt to tell the story without being messy ourselves. Let’s start with the thing on Instagram.
Jackson versus Bell…
It doesn’t seem to matter whether they’re on the field or off. Pittsburgh Steelers, current or former, don’t mix well with social media. Who knows what it is.
So, here’s what happened. Newly-signed New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell took to Twitter to call out Jackson. The two are very familiar with one another as the Steelers have, in recent memory, had their fair share of problems with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The last time these two met in the playoffs, the Jags took the measure of the Steelers again despite Pittsburgh making a game of it late. There was a moment when Jackson came up on the wrong side of one of Bell’s highlights, something he admitted to (he was mic’d up and was, at one point, seen stating Bell ‘broke his legs’
Bell posted footage of said highlight on his Instagram account on Monday.
Take a look:
Jackson responded by calling Bell a ‘lame (expletive), and he responded with a post of his own. The IG post doesn’t contain sound, but there’s a YouTube clip that can be found in which Jackson taunts Bell by asking ‘You going to the Patriots? Where the Patriots at?’
Bell had been accused of looking past the Jags and making a statement that might make one believe he had penciled the Steelers into an AFC Championship Game confrontation with the New England Patriots before the divisional round game was even played.
Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk penned a story recently that contained a response from Bell. To his credit the Jets running back stated no disrespect towards Jackson was intended.
"For whatever reason Malik Jackson took my post as if I’m tryin to make him look bad and that’s not the case at all… Look, bro, I respect your game. We all know y’all won that game, you played well in that game too so I’m posting this too. I’m all positive vibes this way bro."
Now, that’s how stories like these should end. Bell seems to be a good guy.
Hopefully, this helps shed some light on the fact that he’s not the bad guy some are working to make him look like. Let’s all move on.