Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson went full-out anti-gay in an offended post-loss tweet, then blasted an ESPN reporter who referred to as him out on it, utilizing the authorized time period “defamation of character” in his protection.
Sorry, however truly, no, truly, not sorry, Lamar, as a result of there isn’t any protection for you right here.
This silly saga began with Jackson, a former league MVP, making the rookie mistake of responding to a dolt on Twitter who prompt that he isn’t well worth the reported $250 million in assured cash that he’s in search of along with his subsequent deal.
“Let Lamar stroll and spend that cash on a well-rounded staff,” the Twitter no person, a man going by the CB deal with Castlewillkill, wrote.
Jackson’s response was about as anti-gay as you will get.
“Boy STFU y’all be cappin an excessive amount of on this app mf by no means smelt a soccer discipline by no means did shit however eat dick,” Jackson wrote.
Yeah, that’s relatively anti-gay.
The tweet was up for greater than three hours earlier than Jackson deleted it, however in fact, you possibly can’t ever simply delete one thing from the web and count on it to go away.
The ESPN reporter right here, Jamison Hensley, wrote a column on the scenario, “Ravens QB Lamar Jackson deletes vulgar tweet blasting critic,” referring within the first line of the column to the deleted tweet as being “anti-gay.”
Jackson, compounding his rookie mistake with one other one, clapped again at Hensley.
“That is Defamation of my character, as a result of not as soon as have I ever talked about or disrespect anybody’s Sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, Faith, or Race. Your reaching,” Jackson tweeted.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh addressed the matter with reporters on Monday, saying the feedback from Jackson are “out of character,” and attempting to border the difficulty as being extra about Twitter than about Jackson spewing hate.
“[I] simply beg guys to to not get into the Twitter world proper after the sport, particularly after a loss. It’s by no means going to be optimistic. It’s not going be a pleasant place, you already know?” Harbaugh stated.
“That’s form of mirrored in Lamar’s response as a result of – that’s not the way in which he speaks, it’s not the way in which he talks, it’s not the phrases he ever makes use of. I’ve by no means heard him say issues like that earlier than. Lamar Jackson, you’ve been round him. He’s acquired one of many largest hearts of anyone I do know,” Harbaugh stated.
“You all have seen him the way in which he treats folks, the way in which he treats youngsters, the way in which he treats the media. And he’s additionally one of many largest opponents I’ve ever met. So, these form of conversations, he takes very critically. You get trapped typically by somebody that’s baiting you just a bit bit. And you’ll’t reside there. I feel that’s not a spot he desires to be, and that’s definitely not issues that he desires to say.”
Harbaugh is attempting to say right here that Jackson was baited into responding to a rando on Twitter that he “by no means did shit however eat dick.”
Not even shut.
The no-name on Twitter was expressing a dumb opinion on Jackson’s protracted contract scenario.
That Jackson’s first intuition was to reply with a vulgar anti-gay putdown says all it’s essential learn about the place he’s as an individual proper now.
It shouldn’t take the Ravens or the NFL coming down on him to get him to appreciate that he must get away from the juvenile mindset that it’s OK to make use of anti-gay slurs as putdowns.
That is one thing that Jackson can tackle with himself, and we are able to hope that he does, although his preliminary response – to assault a reporter for calling him out on it – isn’t promising to that finish.
By the way in which, Ravens, come on, pay the person already.
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