Athletes everywhere, take note. You do not want to get on Malcolm Jenkins’ bad side. The Philadelphia Eagles safety is good at destroying people, and not just with his body … with his mouth as well.
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry found himself in Jenkins’ crosshairs during the Eagles’ upset win against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Jenkins saw Curry wearing red on the Pats’ sideline during pregame warmups, and decided to express his displeasure to teammate Jalen Mills.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) February 8, 2018
He starts off by saying, “I knew I didn’t like Steph Curry.” And then finishes by calling Curry a “frontrunner.” That’s likely a reference to Curry cheering for the Carolina Panthers during their Super Bowl run and now cheering for the Patriots just a few years later.
Except, that’s not what happened. Curry was wearing red at the Super Bowl, but it wasn’t Patriots apparel. It was a Minnehaha Redhawks hoodie. You can see the front of his hoodie more clearly in other pictures from the game.
Just to clear up any confusion, Curry tweeted about it.
Hey @MalcolmJenkins, they should have given you some glasses with that . I rep the @RedhawksAD. But appreciate the S/O and congrats on the ring bro! Philly looks crazy today! Tell @TorreySmithWR I said what up too
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) February 8, 2018
Torrey Smith — who Curry referenced in his tweet — responded by not only backing up Curry, but saying Curry was actually rooting for the Eagles to win.
I definitely was like …..but he is a loyal Panther’s fan that was on our side https://t.co/nhILizDrJ3
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) February 8, 2018
Yes, it looks like the entire thing was a misunderstanding.
How will Jenkins respond now? He’s got a few options. He can play the whole thing off as a joke, or try and reinforce his point even harder. And while we hope cooler heads prevail, there’s something poetic about a defensive star being forced to get defensive.
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