Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the winner of this week’s dunce award, but he had to beat out some tough competition to win.
ASJ’s journey began when he was thrown out of the Tampa Bay Bucs’ OTAs this week, something that unofficially has never happened before.
Organized Team Activities are voluntary, so the decision by Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter to chase ASJ out of the practice because “he didn’t know what he was doing” could earn the tight end a spot in Canton’s chamber of sunken IQs.
After he got tossed, ASJ went on a rampage, engaging in a Twitter war with Bucs’ fans that included , “your mama references” and challenges to fans to meet him at One Buc Place for a donnybrook mixed in with a verbal tirade that would more than embarrass your Sunday school teacher.
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Maybe ASJ, a second-round pick three years ago, is suffering from the Aqib Talib Syndrome, courtesy of the former Bucs defensive back who was known for beating up cab drivers and being a loose cannon when he wasn’t getting beaten for touchdowns in Tampa.
Talib stayed out trouble last season with Denver, but showed behaving in a civilized manner is a difficult task.
He is reportedly auditioning for his new movie: “Now You Shoot Me, Now You Don’t.” to be marketed by the Roger Goodell Theater Productions, which is coming off its biggest success “How Inflate Life Into Deflategate.”
Initial reports said Talib was shot in a Dallas strip club, but he claims he shot himself accidentally while sitting in a park at 3:40 a.m.
ASJ’s behavior is disturbing because the Bucs already have a problem child receiver, Mike Evans, and now they could be asking quarterback Jameis Winston to put on a therapy robe instead of shoulder pads.
Who would’ve thought a year ago Winston would be the emotional stabilizing force of his receiving corps. But now he is Jameis Winston-Freud and has two clients in need of his services.
ASJ always seems to be injured and is listed as third team on the depth chart, prompting pleas for Bucs GM Jason Licht to dump him.
There was also a report that ASJ made a commitment to appear at a Tampa radio station fundraiser for children with cancer and failed to show without notice.
Maybe there was something in the air because last week’s epidemic of dumbness seemed to run unabated.
For sheer stupidity, the award could go to Emily Austin, the Tampa Rays sideline reporter who was fired by Fox after a bevy of racist and anti-semetic remarks during a 35 minute video on Barstool Sport’s Daily rundown show Thursday.
Austin called the Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love a “little ----” multiple times, said she didn’t know Mexicans were that smart in what was a backhanded attempt at humor and bragged how she used to talk to Jews when she was a waitress noting “they would complain and ----- about everything.”
She worked for Fox Sports Florida as a contract employee and was paid per event. No more. Steve Tello, GM/Senior Vice-President of Fox Sports Florida, fired her.
“Emily has been advised that her comments were unacceptable, and she is not scheduled to appear on any upcoming Fox Sports Florida or Fox Sports Sun broadcasts,” he said.
In a statement, the Tampa Bay Rays said, “The Rays fully support Fox Sport Sun’s decision regarding Emily Austen.”’
It’s up for debate whether the 27 year-old is a bigot or just devoid of common sense for the remarks especially for someone who works in television and must be aware of the dangers and potential repercussions in today’s social media world.