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?
The #Broncos' 51 points in yesterday's win are as many points as the Jaguars have scored all season.— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) October 7, 2013
Twenty minutes later the Jaguars responded with their own tweet:
Stay classy, Denver. RT @DenverBroncos: The #Broncos' 51 points in yesterday's win are as many points as the Jaguars have scored all season.— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) October 7, 2013
Four minutes later the Bronco's responded:
No shots, just stats. RT @jaguars: Stay classy, Denver. MT @DenverBroncos: #Broncos' 51 pts Sun. are as many as JAX has scored all season.— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) October 7, 2013
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?
Show me don't tweet me..— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) September 25, 2013
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.
Utah Jazz taking a shot at Deron Williams? pic.twitter.com/M9otgnQc— Nets Take Over (@NetsTakeOver) December 28, 2012
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: [email protected]