The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the least talked about franchises in the NFL, but Maurice Jones- Drew (the teams featured running back), doesn't let that impede his popularity as he attracts the most attention on the team.
From his Super Bowl ad about rather being hours early than one minute late,to his Madden ad of renaming the Game in his honor. MJD has established himself as a man who views himself as one of the better players in the league, who was drafted way past what he expected.
This past weekend MJD was very active on his Twitter page, specifically about Jay Cutler and his participation in the NFC title game.
What he says was meant to be a joke, but was interpreted in numerous ways.
His quotes are as follows:
“All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee… I played the whole season on one…”
MJD tore his left MCL in the preseason and continued to play through the injury until the last two weeks of the season. He showed toughness for the entire season, but when the Jags lost control of their destiny by losing to the Colts, he decided to not further risk injury.
"Hey I think the Urban Meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT."
This quote refers to Urban Meyer stepping down from his position as the head coach of Florida.'
Jay Cutler remained on the sideline for the remainder of the game. He started off on the bike then remained standing or sitting on the bench.
What got fans going the most, I believe, is that they were left in the air about the injury with Jay's presence on the field. If he hadn't come back, the fans would have been left with mystery and the media would not have had the chance to blow up the injury.
Medically, everyone under the sun begins to diagnose Cutler as everyone donated their two cents. No one knew Cutler's injury, except for the team doctors, yet, he was immediately shunned by players, coaches and especially, his fans.
Bears fans were seen burning his jersey within no time.
With fans becoming aware of MJD's words, he turned into the victim of all the negative attention. MJD has now become the center of attention. He's been receiving death threats on his Twitter account. Fans bashed Cutler for his "gutless" performance and now turn around and call out Jones-Drew for acknowledging their feelings?
"I guess death threats towards me and my family isn't head line news but me tweeting my opinion about a person is..."
Jones-Drew tweeted the above quote in response to all the attention he's received. Drew is correct in that the hot story is more about him calling out a player, even if it was meant as a joke, then the value of him and his family.
However, Jones-Drew is likely hearing it from a more authoritative point of view. His owner, Wayne Weaver, has definitely caught wind of his words. Jones-Drew is a proven veteran on the team with a clean track record.
He is very direct in his interviews, who believes in his teammates success, and is supportive of everything his franchise has established.
He won't get a suspension.
He won't get cut.
He most likely won't even get a slap on the wrist.
He will get a sit down with the Jaguars staff about the importance of what he says through a social media, even though he doesn't deserve the treatment he is getting.