Ronald Darby regrets Twitter rant

Ronald Darby regrets Twitter rant

Athletes deal with outside criticism in different ways. 

On Tuesday morning, Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby dealt with some of his. During a series of three tweets to his 46,000-plus Twitter followers, Darby said "half way fans that sit around and wait for mistakes to talk trash" would be getting blocked.

He quickly realized that probably wasn't a good idea. 

"I was just in my feelings," Darby said on Thursday afternoon. "I gotta grow up. I had a horrible game, probably one of the worst games I have ever played. And that ain't nobody's fault. People expect highly of us. I do apologize ... to y'all too for that. That was childish. And I'm too grown for that."

Darby, still just 23, said he realized he made a mistake with the tweets when his supporters began to baby him. He called playing in the NFL a "grown man game." 

Darby isn't the first player to take criticism too hard. And he won't be the last.  

"I was like Darby when I first got here. It was annoying," fellow defensive back Jaylen Watkins said. "You think I'd be ready for it; I played at UF. The one thing I noticed, that you can't get mad because they fill out the stadium. ... You can't ask them to be so into the game and filling up stadiums and then when we do bad, say, 'Hey, be quiet.' It kind of comes with the territory."

Watkins, of course, said there's a line some fans cross. He thinks it's understandable for fans to question on-field things. If a fan wants to question effort on a particular play or why that player did something, fair. Name-calling crosses that line. 

"With that being said, clearly Darby doesn't suck," Watkins said. "When you make a comment at him that he sucks, it's very irrational. It makes you pissed off as a player, as a teammate."

The game that led to Darby's three tweets — two of which have since been deleted — was one of the worst of his career, according to him. He made a huge, game-changing interception, but also struggled for most of the afternoon. 

While Watkins pretty much tries to let the criticism roll off his back, Brandon Graham learned to handle it a little differently. 

Julius Erving might be the career leader in blocks in the city of Philadelphia, but Graham has to be pretty damn close. The Eagles' defensive end has become a well-known Twitter blocker. 

"That's the best thing," Graham said. "Changed my life." 

Graham noted that the same people he blocks on Twitter will be the ones begging him to unblock them when things start going better. He said after 2013, the first year with Chip Kelly, is when he came to his epiphany and began to use the block button. 

"That's when I really flipped it," he said. "That's when I was like, 'Why am I even worried about this stuff?' All you gotta do is block them. They say something, they interrupt your eyes as you're scrolling, 'OK, I don't want to see that. OK blocked.' You know what I'm saying? Because you shouldn't have to read all the bad comments, especially if you don't want to. 

"For me, I'm not going to look for anything bad, I'm always going to try to get better at what I need to work on. Overall, some people just coming at you because they can type and just say whatever on social media."

Head coach Doug Pederson said all he can do as a coach is try to educate players and make sure they understand there are always going to be highs and lows. 

"Some guys it bothers them, some guys it doesn't," Malcolm Jenkins said. "With any teammate, you just want to make sure that they're focused on the next play, the next game, not getting too far down on themselves, not getting too high on themselves. I think Darby's one of those guys, he has high expectations for himself and when he doesn't meet them, it gets to him. Gotta make sure that, at the end of the day, even the last game, the pick he made changed the game. 

"In this league, nobody is immune to getting beat, nobody is immune to having a bad game. But we're going to need him moving forward and he's been a huge part of what we've done this year. Just got to remind him of that sometimes. I don't think we have anything to worry about." 

This isn't the first time Darby has dealt with any kind of criticism, but it is a little different in Philly. Darby praised Buffalo's die-hard fans but said they're not as active on social media. 

"Here, it's like everyone and their mother got an Instagram, Twitter, everything," Darby said. "You hear from all over."

Now he just has to learn to deal with it.

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett has been indicted for a felony charge in Harris County, Texas, the Harris County district attorney's office announced on Friday afternoon.

Because of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest. According to the release, prosecutors are working with Bennett's lawyers to coordinate a surrender.

Bennett is being charged with "injury to the elderly, included intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older." The penalty for the charge is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The felony charge is for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman who was working at NRG Stadium last year during Super Bowl LI, when Bennett was there to watch his brother Martellus play in the game. The Patriots played the Falcons in Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.  

Bennett, 32, allegedly "shoved his way on to the field" during the postgame celebration, when the elderly worker told him to use a different way for field access. Instead, the district attorney's office said, Bennett pushed through workers, including the elderly disabled woman.

Neither the Eagles nor the Seahawks knew about the incident, a league source told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn. Bennett has been an Eagle officially for just over a week.

During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo asked Bennett to turn himself in as quickly as possible, calling Bennett "morally bankrupt" and entitled. Acevedo said there is no video of the incident, but there is a police officer eye-witness.

Acevedo said Bennett forcibly opened locked doors to get onto the field and then pushed his way past three workers. One was a male, one was a 28-year-old female and one was a 66-year-old female, who sustained a sprained shoulder. The 66-year-old female is a paraplegic and the force of being pushed back in her motorized wheelchair is what injured her. Acevedo said the woman needed medication prescribed to her because of the alleged assault.

According to Acevedo, Bennett said, "Ya'll must know who I am, and I could own this motherf-----. I'm going on the field whether you like it or not," as he pushed past the women.

A police officer, called "Officer Morgan" by Acevedo, the same one who saw the alleged incident, then tried to stop Bennett, but Bennett disregarded him, saying "f--- you." The officer then decided to tend to the woman instead of pursuing the suspect, as he thought Bennett no longer posed a threat.

The extended time between the incident and the indictment was explained by Acevedo as a lack of resources. He said the department decided to handle cases that put citizens in danger. This was pushed to the back burner. He also said it was exceedingly difficult to get in touch with Bennett.

"Mr. Bennett may think because he's an NFL player and because some time passed he may have thought rules don't apply to him," Acevedo said. "No. 2 he doesn't have to respect the dignity of a paraplegic woman trying to earn a living. He may believe he doesn't have to answer to a police officer trying to detain him, but I'm here to say I'm very proud of the fact our department took this case as seriously as we should have."

The Eagles released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

"We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time."

The Eagles officially traded for Bennett on March 14. They sent receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick to Seattle for Bennett and a seventh-rounder.

10 random Mike Wallace stats

10 random Mike Wallace stats

In Mike Wallace, the Eagles are getting a veteran wide receiver who’s now playing for his fifth team in the last seven years.
Wallace has put up fairly consistent numbers since the Steelers drafted him out of Mississippi in the third round in 2009.
And we all know what a veteran wide receiver means. Lots of stats!
So let’s get to know Mike Wallace with 10 Random Mike Wallace Stats That You Didn’t Know (And I Didn’t Either Until I Looked them Up!):
• Since entering the NFL in 2009, Wallace ranks ninth in the NFL with 8,072 receiving yards, behind only former teammate Antonio Brown (9,910), Larry Fitzgerald (9,570), Calvin Johnson (9,532), Brandon Marshall (9,316), Julio Jones (9,054), Demaryius Thomas (8,653), DeSean Jackson (8,575) and A.J. Green (8,213).
• Wallace’s 57 touchdown catches since 2009 are seventh-most in the NFL during that span by a wide receiver.

• With a 95-yard touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger against the Cardinals in 2011 and a 95-yarder from Joe Flacco against the Steelers in 2016, Wallace is one of just three players in NFL history with two career TD receptions of 95 or more yards.

The others are Gaynell Tinsley of the Chicago Cardinals, who caught a 97-yarder from Pat Coffee in 1937 and a 98-yarder from Doug Russell in 1938, and Pennsauken’s John Taylor, who caught a 95-yarder from Joe Montana in 1989 and a 97-yarder from Steve Young in 1991.
• Similarly, Wallace’s four career TDs of 80 yards or more — the two listed above plus catches of 81 and 82 from Roethlisberger in 2011 and 2012 — are fifth-most in NFL history behind Derrick Alexander, Lance Alworth, Bobby Hayes and Jerry Rice, who all have five.
• Wallace has had at least 725 receiving yards in eight of his nine seasons in the NFL. Since 2009, only Fitzgerald has had 725 or more yards more often than Wallace.
• Wallace’s career rushing average of 7.1 yards per carry is fifth-highest among active players (with 32 or more attempts), behind Cordarrelle Patterson (10.3), Tyreek Hill (8.0), Deshaun Watson (7.5) and Ted Ginn (7.1).
• Wallace had nine catches for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV against the Packers after the 2010 season. That’s tied with several players (including Nelson Agholor) for eighth-most in Super Bowl history by a wide receiver.
• Since he entered the league in 2009, Wallace has 43 receptions of 40 yards or more, second-most in the NFL during that span behind only former Eagle DeSean Jackson, who has 56. Those 43 passes were thrown by five quarterbacks (Roethlisberger 23, Flacco 9, Ryan Tannehill 7, Charlie Batch 3 and former Eagle Dennis Dixon 1).
• During the same span, Wallace has 19 TD catches of 40 yards or more, again second-most in the league during that span to Jackson’s 26.
• In 2010, Wallace caught 60 passes for 1,257 yards, and his 20.95 average was sixth-highest in NFL history and highest in the last 33 years by a player with 60 or more receptions. Since 1965, only Hall of Famer and one-time Eagle James Lofton has had a higher average (21.95 in 1984).