Bengals cornerback throws shade at DeVonta Smith, Jalen Hurts on Twitter instead of focusing on AFC Championship Game
Philly sports news has been slow as hell over the past week as we enter the “gray days” of the year in late January and February. This morning on Twitter, I stumbled across a tweet from Eli Apple pop up on the timeline in which he appears to be taking a shot at Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith.
Apple initially tweeted the following last night.
Then, a Twitter account by the name of B.O.T.B quote tweeted Apple, with an old tweet from DeVonta Smith stating “Every time I see Eli Apple 1-on-1, I shake my head.” Smitty, the GOAT of all people, then got stuck in the crossfire with Apple responding saying “Lmao Jalen Hurts his Qb he big mad still shaking his head.”
I don’t know, maybe it’s just the Eagles fan in me but maybe Eli Apple should be focusing on the AFC Championship game and not responding to people on Twitter. He’s currently the starting cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals and has more important things to worry about.
Apple was initially drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft and was a total waste of a draft pick. From there, he bounced around to a few teams before landing himself on the Bengals.
Apple and Smitty have never faced off or had any recorded history of beef outside of this singular tweet from when Smith was 20-years-old. Apple is known best by Eagles fans for being juked out of his shoes by Nelson Agholor for a 58-yard reception in 2018.
Why the former Giants corner is on Twitter roasting other players with the biggest game of his career a week away is beyond me. Has the Bengals’ success this year gotten to his head? It shouldn’t have. Apple has allowed the third-most yards of any cornerback through two playoff games, giving up 101 yards total.
Although the Eagles got booted in the first round of the playoffs, Smith broke the Eagles’ rookie reception record with 916 yards. It’s not like Smitty had himself a bad year. Apple really isn’t owning him here. It just looks bitter and weak. The Bengals cornerback waited three years until he had an ounce of success before hitting DeVonta back on the timeline.
Cornerbacks are the kings of talking trash and showboating over the smallest things, and Apple is not one to shy away from that. Twitter has gotten Apple in trouble on a few occasions, most notably for scrolling the timeline while on the sideline when playing with the Giants in 2017.
Jalen Hurts had himself a great season despite how his season ended. Hurts threw for over 3,000 yards and broke the Eagles’ record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season. At the end of the day, one of these two is a Pro Bowl alternate.
Hint: It’s not Eli Apple.
Apple has his work cut out for him this weekend, facing Tyreek Hill and the Kansas City Chiefs for a trip to the Super Bowl. As someone who was actually rooting for a Bengals-Rams Super Bowl, I certainly can’t have anyone throwing shade at Smitty or Hurts. I may need to rethink my loyalty next weekend.
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