Deshaun Watson fires back at criticism over presence at CFP title game
Deshaun Watson did not appreciate a radio host’s tweeted criticism over his attendance at Monday night’s CFP National Championship game, and took to Twitter to respond.
The brouhaha began when ESPN Nashville radio host Patrick Bet-David took issue on Twitter of footage posted by ESPN showing Watson on the field at Levi’s Stadium celebrating his alma mater Clemson Tigers’ 44-16 throttling of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Let 'em know @deshaunwatson! pic.twitter.com/Qs3X6AjwGV— ESPN (@espn) January 8, 2019
Bet-David’s apparent issue with Watson was how he was enjoying himself despite the fact the Houston Texans were only days removed from a disappointing 21-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC wild-card round.
Bet-David pointed out his arguably dubious critique of Watson while attaching the video in question.
He’s on track to be the Dwight Howard of the NFL.— Patrick Bet-David (@patrickbetdavid) January 8, 2019
You’re celebrating, 3 days after losing to the Colts as the starting quarterback? The pain of a loss in the playoffs can’t go away that quickly. There’s something wrong with this picture. https://t.co/gcdCRCrdUi
Watson responded to the tweet by mockingly accusing Bet-David of being “in your feelings,” adding the criticism was a “reach.”
you’re in your feelings because I’m cheering on my Former University to win?! This is a little reach Patrick. Find something better to talk about. https://t.co/RgkxFYVEia— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) January 8, 2019
Bet-David kept the Twitter dialogue going, praising Watson’s quarterbacking talents while listing off some stats and measurables, but then points out the Texans signal-caller is “questionable” when it comes to having a “killer instinct” like Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Tom Brady.
No reaching here. You may be the most talented QB drafted in a long time if not ever.— Patrick Bet-David (@patrickbetdavid) January 9, 2019
40 yard dash 4.6 sec
33 inch vertical leap
Killer instinct like Kobe/MJ/Brady: questionable https://t.co/KcLwoRJsEJ
It merits noting Watson led the Tigers to a 35-31 victory over the Crimson Tide in the 2017 CFP National Championship game, completing 36-of-56 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns, including the last-second game-winner.
For him to be excited that his Clemson squad again vanquished the mighty Alabama is perfectly understandable, as is his presence at the game. To suggest that Watson instead should have been in hiding and wallowing in self-pity seems a tad absurd … or at least a “reach,” as Watson put it.