Twitter and other social media sites are a great way for athletes to connect with their fans. Unfortunately, with so many athletes (and their large egos) on social media, some are bound to bump heads from time to time. Here are five times athletes took to their computers or phones to go at one another.
1. AJ McCarron vs. Darnell Dockett
This one dates all the way back to McCarron’s college days. During the BCS National Championship game a few years back, McCarron’s girlfriend Katherine Webb gained worldwide fame for being extremely attractive. Darnell Dockett, an NFL defensive end, then proceeded to tweet his phone number to Webb and has been harassing McCarron about Webb for a little bit. They slowly started turning to insults and the two have traded childish jabs back and forth ranging from name-calling, comparing accolades and challenging each other to boxing matches.
2. Steve Weatherford vs. Jason Kelce
This entire argument all started when NY Giants punter Weatherford appeared on a radio station and criticized the eagles and their QB situation. A few days later, Eagles Center Jason Kelce took offense to these tweets and fired back on twitter saying “Of course, a player who is literally not allowed to be touched is talking s***, Is interviewing punters a thing now?”. Following that, Weatherford sought out to defend himself and the two went back and forth a few times before Weatherford eventually sent out a tweet apologizing to the Eagles players and fans for his words on their QBs.
3. Kobe Bryant vs. Mark Cuban
This social media beef between Kobe Bryant and Mark Cuban began with a comment by Cuban that Kobe obviously didn’t like. Cuban made a comment that the Lakers might be wise to use the amnesty clause on Kobe Bryant, which in a sense is a way an NBA team can eliminate bad or expensive contracts under certain conditions. A few days later, Kobe Bryant scored 38 points in a 103-99 Lakers win over the Cuban’s Mavericks. Following the game, Bryant took to twitter and tweeted a simple message: “Amnesty THAT”. This is one of the best things he could have possibly tweeted and even Cuban himself gave Kobe props on the comeback.
4. Richard Sherman vs. Patrick Peterson
It’s rare that you get a real twitter argument between two of the best at their position. It all started when Patrick Peterson tweeted that he signed a new contract that made him the highest paid CB in the NFL. Sherman retweeted some tweets that claimed Sherman was the best in the league and the battle was on. Peterson and Sherman proceeded to send tweets back and forth with tweets including pictures of super bowl rings, game tape and various other statistics to back up their claims and arguments.
5. Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier
This is perhaps the most famous beef in UFC history. The feud began when the two were scheduled to fight at UFC 178 and then famously had a brawl at the UFC 178 media day that spilled into the crowd. Following the physical altercation, the two light heavyweights then took to twitter to continue the tirade with various jabs and insults about the outcome of the brawl and what will take place the next time the two see each other and more. The two eventually did have their fight, and Jones took the win.