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Denver Broncos tweet stirs controversy: Did they take a cheap shot at Jacksonville?

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. The Broncos won 51-48. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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It's no secret that the Jaguars are struggling.

Jacksonville is winless on the season and look downright awful most of time. Heading into this week's game against the Denver Broncos, they are an NFL-record 28-point underdog.

It can be said that Jaguar fans, players and the organization are starting to lose their patience. Losing every game stinks. After losing again last Sunday, Jaguar fans are not in the greatest of moods.

However, did the Broncos' latest tweet take a cheap shot at the Jaguars after Denver's 51-point game against Dallas, or was it just an innocent tweet about a stat?

You decide.

Here was the tweet from the Broncos:

Twenty minutes later the Jaguars responded with their own tweet:

Four minutes later the Bronco's responded:

The question now remains, was it a cheap shot and classless move by the Broncos, or are the Jaguars just a little too sensitive right now?

This is hardly the first time professional teams or athletes were dragged into a social media quarrel.

A couple weeks back OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade also made public jabs at each other over social media. During a interview, Durant suggested he believed Wade was overrated and Durant's former teammate James Harden should have made Sports Illustrated's top-10 NBA players ranking list in place of Wade.

This comment apparently offended Wade, who then responded with an Instagram picture directed at Durrant.

Durant's reply tweet?

Another instance of social media foul play occurred locally during last year's NBA season. The Utah Jazz official twitter account reportedly took a jab at former point guard Deron Williams when it tweeted about the firing of Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson.

All of these instances thus far proved to damage the professional sports team or athlete's image only temporarily. However, if the banter continues, or gets worse, professional sports could suffer from the negative connotation.

Justin is a recent graduate of the University of Utah. EMAIL: justingiles22@gmail.com

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