The bad blood had been boiling inside safety Earl Thomas, who was seeking a long-term contract extension from the Seattle Seahawks. The team did not meet his demands, so he decided to play out the final year of his current contract in order to raise his stock in free agency.
However, that took a hit after he suffered a left leg fracture against the Arizona Cardinals, and while he was carted off the field, Thomas appeared to flip off the Seahawks sideline. During Monday's edition of "First Things First" on FOX, former NFL receiver Cris Carter ripped Thomas' actions, saying the Seahawks were the ones who helped make him successful.
It is weird to hear a former player take the side of the team over the player. But what makes Carter's monologue stick out the most is his claims that pairing Thomas alongside Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor made him successful, despite the fact that Thomas was a first-round selection out of the University of Texas in 2010.
Current NFL players heard Carter's comments and let's just say, they weren't that surprised to hear it. Quentin Diggs took a shot at Carter, saying he forgets what it's like to be a football player.
Old heads get on tv and forget what it’s like to be players seem like. https://t.co/P92UWVwByL— Nino (@qdiggs6) October 1, 2018
Outspoken Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey entered the fray, calling Carter a clown.
Exactly! He’s a 嵐 tho... he’s been talkin out the side of his neck. https://t.co/iLqc5oSUsZ— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) October 1, 2018
Former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho ripped Carter's take on calling Thomas a "system player," saying that Thomas made himself rich, not the team. He even gave some staggering statistics that Thomas has recorded without Sherman and Chancellor.
Earl Thomas made Earl Thomas rich, not the Seahawks. If they didn’t draft him someone else would. Nobody created Earl‘s legeacy. The whole “LOB” has dispersed and he had 3 picks in 3 games. Enough said. https://t.co/fEsJXx8gtf— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) October 2, 2018
Carter is paid to give his opinion on things, but in the process, he has ticked off current NFL players, who feel bad about Thomas suffering a season-ending injury while attempting to play for a new contract.