For two consecutive playoff rounds, Philadelphia Eagles players and fans have been hearing it nonstop from their opponents.
Aren’t you supposed to be gracious in defeat? Tell that to the San Francisco 49ers, who don’t seem to believe losing an NFC Championship Game after the opposing defense swarmed you and knocked out your quarterback counts as a loss.
Surely, if grace in defeat is no longer a thing, you’re at least supposed to be humble in victory, especially when the exclamation point on that victory is a referee’s whistle.
Nope! Kansas City Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted a Valentine’s Day message mocking Eagles CB James Bradberry and his late-game hold (hand up, he admitted it), which did not sit well with Philly’s players and fans alike.
AJ Brown was the loudest to the party, going off on “Tik-Tok Boy” Schuster in a moment of weakness.
AJ Brown, Eagles respond to JuJu Smith-Schuster’s Valentine’s Day roast
Some say Brown went too far in demeaning Smith-Schuster. Others likely think he didn’t go far enough, considering the unnecessary victory lap from a Chiefs wideout who ended the game 15 yards from an uncatchable pass.
Regardless, Bradberry reacted with pure class and near-silence, which is sure to make Chiefs fans angrier than Brown’s embittered response.
Plenty of Eagles, their fans, and the local media members took up the cause, defending their city against Smith-Schuster’s petty wrath.
CBS Sports Radio’s Zach Gelb (formerly of WIP) made Smith-Schuster an alternate Valentine’s Day meme, which he can use at his discretion.
He won’t, though.
Even Philadelphia native celebrities got involved!
Holly Robinson Peete, born in Philly and married to ex-Eagles QB Rodney Peete, could only shake her head in response.
And Hard Rock Sportsbook got an employee fired by pointing out that Bradberry’s controversial call wasn’t the only time the Chiefs benefitted from the officiating in this particular game.
Look at what happened to Jalen Hurts after he fumbled backward into Nick Bolton’s path!
Very cool. Guess that’s just something you can do now. Who knows? Maybe it’s time to delete social media as Zach Pascal said.
Wednesday is Parade Day in Kansas City, which should be being held on Broad Street. It still hurts, and it’s only going to hurt worse in a few hours when some Chiefs hop on the microphone and make some more ill-advised comments. It’s in their DNA, it seems.