With Patrick Mahomes signing a $450 million contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs through 2031 and DeSean Jackson posting inflammatory comments on his social media platform, this week was certainly filled with ups and downs.
Jackson’s post definitely added a sour taste to the week, but Mahomes’ contract extension gave many fans an opportunity to smile once again. From his on-the-field prowess and leadership to his off-the-field kindness and maturity, football fans seem to look up to the star quarterback of the reigning 2020 Super Bowl Champion. As Mahomes himself elaborated, “I just try to be the best Patrick Mahomes I can be.” During a time in which the United States is divided, many crying out for social justice and the country suffering from COVID-19, it is now more important than ever that individuals attempt to be the best they can be, day in and day out.
Here’s a glimpse at what was on the minds of the talkies this week:
Rich Eisen (Rich Eisen Show on NBC Sports Network) – @richeisen
- Rich Eisen shared a variety of posts this week on his Twitter platform. He emphasized how his son is enjoying watching The Basketball Tournament (TBT). Eisen was excited that Patrick Mahomes signed the ten year extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, the most lucrative contract ever signed in professional sports. Mahomes “got what he deserved – a generally enriching deal from a franchise smart enough to draft him and think long term with a coach and GM that will keep everything a constant.” On another note, Eisen shared his disbelief and disgust over DeSean Jackson’s recent Instagram post that enraged the Jewish community. The Eagles’ receiver posted a quote that was falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler. However, Jackson’s anti-Semitic quote did predict that World War III would be started to stop white Jewish people in America from oppressing the Black community.
Dianna Russini (NFL Reporter and ESPN Host) – @diannaESPN
- Like many other sports enthusiasts, Diana Russini was thrilled that Patrick Mahomes received a contract extension with the Chiefs. Russini also encouraged her followers to wear a mask in order to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading even more than it already has. In a tweet geared toward preventing further escalation, Russini cleverly remarked, “Masks are sexy.”
“the talent…the success…the attitude…not even the best part about Patrick Mahomes. He is one of the nicest guys I have ever been around. There’s talking about humility, and there’s living it. Such a pro and a great human being. A truly good guy of the NFL.”
Dick Vitale (ESPN Analyst) – @DickieV
- Dick Vitale shared a heartwarming video on Wednesday, July 8th. He illustrated a scenario in which police officer, Bobby White, politely asked a group of black individuals to keep their volume down as they played basketball on the street. Instead of stirring an argument, Officer White decided to play some pickup basketball with the young boys. A few weeks later, Officer White brought basketball legend, Shaquille O’Neal, to partake in some basketball with the young players. What an amazing example of the display of humanity that this country needs. Vitale also insisted that he predicted the Ivy League would cancel all fall sports. He queried, “Is this just the beginning?” Sports aficionados wonder what will happen with other collegiate sporting leagues.
Stephen A. Smith (ESPN) – @stephenasmith
- Stephen A. Smith is clearly not a fan of Donald Trump. Stephen A. believes that Trump contributes to the divide that exists within America. Smith also disagreed with Stephen Jackson’s comments in which he defended DeSean Jackson regarding DeSean’s hate speech referencing the Jewish community. While Stephen A. believes that Stephen Jackson means well when relating to some social issues, Stephen A. also opined that Stephen Jackson is “veering away from what the ultimate goal is.” On his show, Stephen A. Smith defended DeSean Jackson’s past character, nonetheless saying that the Eagles’ star was wrong for making such comments.
Mike Golic & Trey Wingo on ESPN – @GolicAndWingo
- Golic and Wingo agreed with NFLPA President and Cleveland Browns Center, JC Tretter, when Tretter elaborated that people must “wear a mask and socially distance if [they] want to see football and all sports come back.” The men also boldly underscored the right of the Philadelphia Eagles to do anything they feel is justified in response to DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic posts on social media.
Jim Rome (CBS Sports) – @jimrome
- Rome had a quieter week than normal. This past week, Jim visited Wisconsin to celebrate July 4th. He wished his fans his best and hoped that each and every one of them had amazing days. Rome also posted a humorous selfie from Eagle River, WI.
Skip Bayless (FOX Sports) – @RealSkipBayless
- Bayless had some powerful words this week relating to LeBron James and Deshaun Watson.
“This is by FAR LeBron’s best chance of his career to go ‘steal’ a championship. He should be prohibitively favored to win this title.”
Bayless had some high praise relating to Deshaun Watson’s position on locker room dynamics during this social climate. Deshaun Watson enumerated how his job as a leader is to ensure that Texans’ players of all races stand together as one. Bayless respects this and appreciates Watson stepping up to the plate.
Shannon Sharpe (FOX Sports) – @ShannonSharpe
- As always, Shannon Sharpe expressed his viewpoint on the social injustice that prevails throughout the United States. It is evident that Sharpe disagrees with several bills and allocations of funds that are currently in place, such as the 1994 Crime Bill and President Trump’s desire to cut school funding.
Colin Cowherd (Fox Sports) – @ColinCowherd
- Colin Cowherd shared his opinions on Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs and on Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks. Is Patrick Mahomes put in a better position to succeed than Russell Wilson? Cowherd’s answer: “Kansas City gets it, they have an all-time talent [in Patrick Mahomes]. Seattle doesn’t get it, [realize they have such in Russell Wilson].” Cowherd also expressed how he is “not shocked or angry that Stanford dropped 11 sports to cut costs during a pandemic.” He claimed that everyone needs a reboot.