Mike Florio of profootballtalk is apparently fed up with J.J. Watt’s social media habits. Florio took dead aim at Watt this week, criticizing him for his “false humility”. Watt responded and thus began a good old-fashioned Twitterspat. It all started with something Watt posted before the USA vs Argentina soccer match.
Watt was proudly displaying the signed jersey gifted to him by the U.S. Men’s National Team when he visited with them a few days early. Florio saw this as a chance to go after him.
Watt responded shortly thereafter.
Florio then portended to get in the last words.
Florio continued his attack when he appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show”. This via yardbarker.com. Evidently J.J. Watt is a Kardashian. Now that is crossing the line Florio.
One problem with Florio’s logic here is that if he were to actually block J.J. Watt on Twitter, then he wouldn’t see the post, even if it came through the Texans’ page. That’s actually how Twitter works Mike. As for him going after Watt for his false humility, yada yada yada. It’s kind of a weak move for a so-called journalist, in my opinion. I know he’s only looking for clickbait, and J.J. should be above responding, but it’s still doesn’t make sense to me.
I personally think that Florio has a secret crush on Watt. He’s like that kid in elementary school who teases and bullies the girl that he actually likes. Come on Florio, stop being such a frickin’ curmudgeon.
I’m sure there are plenty of questionable tweets from NFL players out there, yet he goes directly at Watt. Sure, there are lots of people who have grown tired of Watt’s self-promotion. But guess what? His sponsors, namely Reebok, ask him to be very active on social media to expand his brand. It’s part of his contract. Who is he hurting by doing this? The answer is absolutely no one, save for Florio, whose ego just simply can’t handle it.
So while people like Florio get a little hurt when J.J. posts a picture, Watt is just laughing all the way to the bank. And there are plenty of people who feel that all Watt does is post pictures of himself. What they don’t see is the tremendous amount of time he spends visiting children in the hospital, or visiting local fire stations, or any other number of charitable acts that he bestows upon Houstonians on a regular basis.
Any athlete can write a check, but Watt actually gives a lot of his personal time. Not because he’s self-promoting, but because he truly wants to do it. The majority of what he does is not on camera or online. So while athletes continue to get busted for guns, drugs, and assault, Florio feels it’s necessary to attack a guy who is squeaky clean.
I feel that the only way to bring an end to this Twitterspat is to conduct a trial by combat, Game of Thrones style.
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