A vulgar tweet from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson attacking a fan who questioned his value went viral after Sunday’s 28-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Almost half an hour from Ravens last minute defeattheir fourth late-game collapse of the season, one Twitter user tagged Jackson in a tweet: “When someone asks for over 250 million guaranteed likes [Jackson] …games like this shouldn’t come [kicker Justin Tucker]. Let Lamar go [in free agency] and spend that money on a full team.”
Jackson, a pending free agent, ESPN said earlier this season, he turned down an extension offer that had between $160 million and $180 million guaranteed. The total value of the reported five-year deal was more than $250 million, an average annual value higher than the extensions signed this summer by two Pro Bowl quarterbacks, Russell Wilson of the Denver Broncos and Kyler Murray of Arizona Cardinals.
Jackson, who went 16-for-32 for 254 yards and a touchdown and added 14 carries for a game-high 89 yards against Jacksonville, appeared frustrated at times in his postgame news conference. He appeared to use profanity after a reporter mentioned in a question that Jackson had lost in his last trip to Jacksonville, a TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Louisville in December 2017 that turned out to be his final college game. But Jackson was otherwise his usual poised and calm self.
However, about half an hour later, Jackson responded to the tweet. He told the fan to “STFU” – “shut it down [expletive] up” — and ended his comment with a vulgar insult. Before the message was deleted a few hours later, it had been retweeted thousands of times.
A Ravens spokesman did not respond to a message Sunday night seeking comment on the tweet. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to address reporters Monday afternoon.
In 11 games this season, Jackson has thrown for 2,231 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions and rushed for 755 yards (6.8 per carry) and three touchdowns. With Sunday’s loss, the Ravens fell into a tie for first place in the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals.