Falcons Troll Local News Anchor After Restructuring Julio Jones' Contract

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 26, 2018

Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones warms up before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Matt Rourke/Associated Press

A local Atlanta news anchor found out directing statements toward athletes and sports teams on social media is a good way to get trolled. 

After NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Julio Jones agreed to a revised contract this season, the Atlanta Falcons shared this message on Twitter:

Atlanta Falcons @AtlantaFalcons

Just in case anyone needs a new phone wallpaper or desktop screensaver... https://t.co/Mj2EeoLhBQ

That was in response to Buck Lanford of Fox 5 tweeting this message when Jones appeared to be headed for a holdout awaiting a new contract:

Buck Lanford @BuckFOX5

Dear @juliojones_11, My 10 year old son is a huge fan. The pic below has been his long time screen saver. Tonight, he told me he is changing it to a solo shot of @M_Ryan02 or @devontafreeman. Just thought you should know. Sincerely, BL @AtlantaFalcons @GoodDayAtlanta https://t.co/ocjmPAPYIp

Lanford did use Jones' official Twitter handle in his message, so perhaps the five-time Pro Bowler was so distraught about losing his spot as a screen saver that he moved to get a new deal done quickly. 

Fortunately for the Falcons and their fans, Jones will be present during training camp to get ready for the upcoming season.