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Social media beef between former wide receiver James Jones and Austin Rivers is reaching a new level
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Social media beef between former wide receiver James Jones and Austin Rivers is reaching a new level

Green Bay Packers fans, along with sports fans from all over, have been following a recent public dispute between Super Bowl-winning wide receiver James Jones and the son of Milwaukee Bucks head coach Doc Rivers, Austin Rivers. Earlier this week, the former NBA lottery pick made waves on social media when he claimed he could take 30 NBA players and put them in the NFL. Moreover, he claimed that they would be successful in professional football.

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Furthermore, he argued that no NFL player could find success in the NBA.

This claim did not ring true with former NFL players, including future Hall of Famer and Wisconsin Badgers star JJ Watt posted on X“You don’t have a job at the moment either, go try…”

Former Packers wide receiver James Jones, who led the NFL with 14 touchdown passes in 2012, responded strongly to Rivers’ claim.

Former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver James Jones left Austin Rivers

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January 16, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) before an NFC Divisional round playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

As reported earlier this week, Jones used his platform to send the following message to Rivers:

“Number one: show respect for our sport; that’s number one. It’s not just running, catching the ball and turning it over. It’s not just handing over the ball and doing that. It takes a lot of work from your profession to do what we do on a football field.

“And Austin Rivers, if you stepped on a homeboy on a football field, you wouldn’t make it. We know that now. Because you barely made it in the NBA, and I’m only counting on a penny. Football is not an easy game, dog. That’s why many basketball players who stepped on the football field immediately stepped back on the basketball court, because it’s not an easy game.

“There’s a lot that goes into the NFL. And you’re not about to walk into the NFL thinking you’re going to catch it and turn it over. Try again, houseboy. Do your research on the NFL, man. Watch some football games… whatever you want to watch and stick with it, man, because thirty guys in the NBA don’t do that, homeboy.”

Rivers responded post on X that he had never heard of Jones, and that he himself was a former lottery pick who played in the NBA for eleven years. He also called Jones a “meathead” and claimed the Super Bowl-winning wide receiver barely made it in the NFL because he only played in the league for eight or nine years.

Former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver James Jones clapped back at Austin Rivers

Green Bay Packers, James Jones, Austin Rivers
January 16, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Divisional round playoff game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In response to Rivers’ post, Jones doubled down:

“Okay, houseboy. ‘Cause I’m a meathead, I’m stickin’ with my homeboy, man, ’cause we’re on TV. I see eleven seasons, seven different teams. Top-10 pick, I see an average of nine points per game over your career. Only two rebounds and two assists over your career.

“Top 10 pick, you know what that sounds like to me? On the street we call you a ‘bust’, a house boy. That’s what that sounds like. If my dad played in the NBA and I came out of the draft, I’d probably end up in the top 10 too, homeboy.

“But as soon as I got into the league, I would have taken care of my business. Now I led the league in touchdowns. I won a major league Super Bowl. You didn’t do any of that. You don’t have All-Stars – well, you don’t get them because you have nine points, two assists, two steals a game and 65 (%) free throws.

“So I’m not even going back and forth with you; I will say that if you were 6-4, 200, maybe you should have tried football. You might have had a better career, houseboy. Basketball wasn’t your career, as I read here. So I’ll leave it at that.”

Jones didn’t mince his words, and he certainly wasn’t playing. Clearly he did his research before coming into contact with Doc Rivers’ son again, something that cannot be said about Rivers’ subsequent response.

Austin Rivers responded to former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver James Jones in a since-deleted video

Green Bay Packers, James Jones, Austin Rivers
December 27, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 38-8. Mandatory credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

If there’s one thing that Jones got a little personal in bringing up statistics, you’d think Rivers went way over the line in his response to Jones, which he posted in a video on X.

He said (via Terrible announcement)

“James Jones, I saw your comments, I’m going to make this video, this is my last comment with you man, then I’m honestly done. I just don’t have time for these pranks with you, man.

“You’re an idiot, and I can’t blame you for thinking what you think… When you try to throw out some clickbait BS like you, I don’t understand where you’re going…”

“I don’t even know who you are, so this is kind of stupid. We’re only here in the first place because you were offended that I said there are a handful of NBA players who could make the jump to the NFL.

“So if you even feel offended by that, that’s on you, the truth hurts. And then to take it a step further and try to come to me personally and say, ‘You could never play in the NFL.’ I never said I could do it.

“And then it’s a bit stupid to try to criticize my career, which has nothing to do with my comments. And it’s even sillier of you considering you were also a role player in your career, nothing supersonic in your NFL career really stands out.

“If you want to talk about numbers, there’s a striking difference between you and me in one respect, and we both know what that is… but I don’t really want to talk about finances, especially with a man I’ve outearned… I think your entire career income was mine for about one year. It is simply foolish for us to debate or talk.”

As mentioned, Jones won a Super Bowl and led the NFL in touchdown receptions in 2012.

However, the fact that the Bucks head coach’s descendants brought money into the feud shows that he doesn’t have a leg to stand on. He knows Jones has had a better professional career than he has; he just doesn’t want to admit it.

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