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Lions WR Marvin Jones rips Darren Rovell over business criticism

Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. is not having Darren Rovell’s business critiques.

Things started out innocently enough for Jones, who shared on Twitter that he and his wife are becoming franchisees of cake shop Nothing Bundt Cakes, with their location in metro Detroit opening soon.

Rovell, ESPN’s sports business reporter, swooped in with some questions about Jones and his wife’s business venture.

What Rovell may not have been expecting was a quick response from Jones, who was very much not having it.

Jones won a lot of praise on Twitter for talking back to Rovell, whose brand of sports business reporting tends to be on the unpopular side, to say the least. Undeterred, Rovell argued that he was simply commenting on franchising and not specifically Jones’s case — while noting his credentials.

There are a lot of people — fans, athletes, and businesspeople alike — who find Rovell’s persona to be extremely grating. It looks like we can add Jones to the list.

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