Why Taking to Social Media Should Take a Backseat to the Gameplan.
Landover, Maryland — If you told NFL players in the 1970s or 1980s that it was possible to take to your phone at halftime to engage in a war of words with an unhappy fan, they probably would have thought that you were crazy.
In 2023, surrounded by technology at your fingertips, it still seems crazy.
That is what happened at halftime of the Eagles and Commanders Game on Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland when Eagles running back Kenneth Gainwell responded to a fan on Social Media who criticized his fumble at the 3-yard line in the second quarter.
The Eagles were down 17–10 at Halftime.
Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni spoke on the incident this week, “He knows he made a mistake responding back to that person, who I’m assuming is an Eagles fan who then took a snapshot of it and posted on it. That’s a whole different set of issues if he’s an Eagles fan or whatever. I won’t even get into that. So yeah, I’m not even going to say anymore.”
In 2022 with the Eagles, Gainwell had a terrific game in the NFC Divisional Round against the New York Giants. He is also a former National Freshman of the Year and second-team All-American and first-team All-ACC.
“It was just the wrong click,” Gainwell said about the post this week. “It was the heat of the moment. I understand that it was something that I shouldn’t have done and take the responsibility, taking a stand for it and understanding that I need to be better.”
Let’s start with halftime adjustments. Without your phone.