BOSTON (CBS) — Shannon Sharpe was a professional football player. He’s currently a professional football analyst, but he may also be a professional instigator.
Sharpe made some waves Sunday evening when he ripped Patriots coach Bill Belichick for not talking with Steve Tasker for a TV interview after losing the AFC Championship Game.
“Bill Belichick makes it real easy for you to root against the Patriots,” a visibly fired-up Sharpe said. “You can’t be a poor sport all the time, you’re not going to win all the time, and he does this every time he loses. It is unacceptable.”
His comments enraged plenty of Patriots fans, leading to Sharpe to no doubt be bombarded by tweets on his Twitter account, @ShannonSharpe. It was through that account that Sharpe really honed his craft of ticking off Patriots fans. Some examples:
“Win one [Super Bowl] post spy gate,” he said to Patriots fan. When told that the Patriots have a better record after the 2007 Spygate scandal than they did before, he said, “And less [Super Bowl] wins.”
One Twitter user wrote sarcastically to Sharpe, “a surveyor just called me & I hung up rather than answer their questions, I sure hope you don’t call me out for it.” Sharpe responded, “Pats lost so move on.”
When another user accused Sharpe of being hung up on the Belichick interview snub, Sharpe said, “I prefer to talk about [teams] in [Super Bowl] which Pats are not.”
Sharpe also didn’t like hearing from people who brought up Ray Lewis’ murder charges from 2001.
“That’s who some pats fans are, but some are really nice and understanding,” Sharpe said. When a user sent a link to a Buffalo News story about the victims of the Atlanta murder, Sharpe said, “It doesn’t bother me, but it proves my point .#sorelosers”
When one user pointed out potential hypocrisy for Sharpe criticizing Belichick but not Jim Harbaugh, who refused an interview after winning, he said, “That’s not our [game] I talk about what I see not what I hear.”
Sharpe also tweeted “hehe” when a user tweeted, “If only the Pats players had the same bravado and toughness as their wives, the team would have 3 more rings.”
You’ll remember that Sharpe was famously shown in an NFL Films clip from 1996 grabbing a sideline phone and saying, “I found the president! President, we need the national guard, we need as many men as you can spare, because we are killing the Patriots!” So mocking New England isn’t anything new for the Hall of Fame tight end.
Overall, Sharpe seems amused by the tweets directed at him from New England, but he’s proven to be a master of pushing people’s buttons. Some would say it’s a skill, while others would call it annoying. Sharpe offered a reminder about how Twitter works to the latter group.
“You guys are upset because you lost a [game],” Sharpe wrote. “You don’t like what I say don’t follow.”