People say some insulting things on Twitter, especially to those in the public eye. Jimmy Kimmel has turned cold-blooded correspondence into comedy on his late night talk show during a popular segment called “Mean Tweets,” and that concept has spread to other stations and markets.
Enter Amari Cooper and an interview he did Thursday at Super Bowl LIII Radio Row.
Some people took shots at the Cowboys this season for acquiring the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver from the Raiders for a first-round draft pick -- though they came around quickly when helped secure wins -- and he faced that head on during a chat with New England Sports Network.
NESN's Michaela Vernava read to Cooper mean tweets from media members, not fans, who didn’t like the trade, and he shrugged them off.
“Know thyself. That’s how I think about it,” Cooper said while promoting Gatorade during a tour through Radio Row. “If I feel like I’m a handsome guy and somebody calls me ugly, why would react to it if I really think I’m handsome? It’s the same approach.
"I know that I’m a good football player. I know what I can do on the field, so it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks.”
Some believe Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who also run the team's personnel department, gave up too much to acquire Cooper. Raiders fans said good riddance to Cooper on his way out, believing him to be too inconsistent to be a top NFL receiver.
Cooper struggled some under Jon Gruden, but he flourished in Dallas with upticks in targets and overall production, and the team surged to an NFC East title and a playoff win after acquiring the dynamic receiver. Cooper finished with 53 catches on 76 targets in nine regular-season games for 726 yards and six touchdowns in Dallas.
“It was either feast or famine for me,” Cooper said in an interview with ESPN. “Some games, I would have 100 yards and 10 catches. Some games, I would have less than 10 yards. It was kind of a struggle at first.”