Bucs' Seferian-Jenkins moves on ... to Twitter insults
When Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was sent off the field early from Thursday's final OTA practice, his message was wanting to "move on" and even coach Dirk Koetter was dismissive in telling reporters it was a voluntary workout to begin with and that they were "making more of it than you need to."
But throwing insults at Bucs fans on Twitter probably wasn't the "moving on" the team had in mind for Seferian-Jenkins, who repeatedly engaged with critical fans on social media with vulgar replies and even offering to fight them at One Buc Place.
"Come to 1 buc at 2 pm Monday and say something bout mother and I promise u. 1. You'll be trespassing 2. You'll eat through a straw," Seferian-Jenkins wrote in response to one fan, then a minute later: "please come to 1 buc or catch me on the street Cuh".
In a feature in the Times just last week, Seferian-Jenkins had explained why he doesn't ignore criticism on Twitter, as most pro athletes are advised to do: "You troll me, I'm going to troll you," he said. "I'm a normal person. You say something about me, I'm going to say something back, funny or not. I'm just going to be me. It's nothing against them. I'm just doing what you do to me."
By late afternoon, Seferian-Jenkins appeared to settled down, tweeting "Guys lol chill ..... It gets heated it's football we all brothers out there. (Stuff) happens." And while his initial Tweet after the practice dismissal was "Can't let negative stuff get to u," he struggled with that later Thursday. When a fan questioned that his focus remained on Twitter and not the Bucs, calling it a "smooth move," Seferian-Jenkins responded: "smooth as ya mothers backside." Other replies weren't as polite or printable.
But just before 9 p.m., when a fan wrote that he was "talking like he's actually done anything in the league to justify his second round pick," Seferian-Jenkins replied "well your mother justified me make me ya daddy."
The Bucs made a significant investment in Seferian-Jenkins as a second-round draft pick in 2014, and it's unlikely they'd make any personnel decisions based on social-media behavior. But they way he responded to being called out on the field, taking to Twitter only minutes later while the team still practiced and then later in engaging with fans, isn't likely how Koetter wanted his message received.
The Bucs are due back on the practice field Tuesday for the team's three-day mandatory minicamp -- it's unlikely the team would make Seferian-Jenkins available to the media in those sessions, unless it was with the expectation of some kind of apology.