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Micah Parsons addresses his controversial tweet to rival player

Micah Parsons looking down

Nov 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Micah Parsons on Tuesday addressed a tweet he sent to a rival player that drew attention.

Parsons’ Dallas Cowboys lost in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs 19-12 to the San Francisco 49ers. Being eliminated from the postseason hasn’t stopped Parsons from remaining a fan of the other players and teams involved in the playoffs.

During the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Parsons tweeted praise for Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Lane Johnson, who was playing despite a significant injury.

“I dot (sic) think people realize what lane Johnson is doing rn! Freaking heroic! One of my favorites players in this league!” Parsons tweeted.

Johnson is playing through a torn core muscle and has put off surgery. Though they play on rival teams, Parsons was trying to recognize the Eagles lineman.

But it didn’t end there.

After Johnson acknowledged the compliment via Twitter, Parsons sent a second tweet.

“Love you big bro! Keep going! Not many like you! Definitely not playing like you healthy or with a torn groin! Go win a bowl for our division!” Parsons wrote.

Parsons’ tweet was complimentary up until he told Johnson to go win the Super Bowl for the division.

It might have already been tough for Cowboys fans to see one of their players being so complimentary and chummy with a divisional rival, but that last sentence crossed a line for many.

Teams and their fans typically hate the other teams in their division. That’s especially true of the NFC East, where the teams have historic rivalries going back decades. They don’t root for each other to win championships; their fans hate the rival teams.

Barstool Sports took note and made a headline out of the tweet, though their headline was hyperbolic.

Parsons responded and said Barstool was “sick” and miserable over the tweet.

Look, it’s bad enough for Parsons to be chummy with an opponent via Twitter. But it’s straight up silly and disrespectful to Cowboys fans to not understand why wishing the Eagles well and hoping they win a Super Bowl publicly is a problem. This shows that Parsons has more allegiance to his fellow players than to his fans/current team. If that is the case, Parsons is better off keeping that to himself, or just sharing his compliments to Johnson privately.

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