Fantasy football can bring out the best in people … and the worst. The latest example of that is an odd feud happening between Raiders running back Josh Jacobs and fantasy football guru Matthew Berry.
It all started this past weekend when Jacobs posted on Instagram that he would not be suiting up. But apparently, that was an attempt to troll. Soon after, a follow-up post from Jacobs included a middle finger emoji. That was evidently meant for fantasy football players.
Matthew Berry … yeah, he didn’t like that very much.
During The Fantasy Show on Wednesday, Berry went on a rant about the former Alabama running back. Here is some of what he had to say about Jacobs’ actions:
“Why are you literally taking a middle finger to fantasy players who have done nothing, Josh, but show you love? I’ve been a longtime fan and supporter of Josh Jacobs and this really rubbed me the wrong way.
It’s basically just a middle finger to fantasy players who have rooted for Josh Jacobs since he was drafted as a rookie, since he was playing for a team that no one else cared about because the Raiders were terrible last year. A bunch of fantasy players who buy his jersey, who subscribe to Red Zone, who watch the television games, by the way, all of which is revenue that goes to NFL players,” fumed Berry during a segment called “Don’t Be This Guy.” “No NFL player should ever care about fantasy players. You shouldn’t care about our fantasy matchups. But I’ll tell you what, you also shouldn’t insult us.”
Of course, Jacobs saw the clip, and he was ready to engage.
Same lame ass fantasy players that cuss and threaten players for getting hurt or actually being hurt. Mfs don’t care abt you as a person why tf you think ima care abt a game 😂😂
— Josh Jacobs (@iAM_JoshJacobs) December 17, 2020
Jacobs ended up blocking Berry, and that was that … well, except for this last tweet from the ESPN personality.
1) I’ve interviewed Josh multiple times & spent about 90 min with him last year, so yeah I actually do know him.
2) My issue has nothing to do with fantasy performance. a joke. I take issue with using the middle finger “F you” emoji to his fans. Saying “F you” isn’t a joke. https://t.co/lqm4wk6kSf
— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) December 17, 2020
Was it the correct move from Jacobs? Probably not, as there are a lot of fans out there who love him. And yes, that includes people who own him in fantasy football.
There were much better ways to go about getting his point across.
But let’s not act we don’t know what the second-year running back is talking about here. Jacobs is clearly referring to those who get way too worked up over a poor performance from a player. And sometimes, those people verbally attack players — even threaten them in some cases.
That has to be frustrating. Those are the people Jacobs was giving the middle finger too, and he clearly spelled that out in his tweet.
This has been such an odd feud, but I guess it’s par for the course in 2020. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.