Oh, Karen.

On Tuesday, the Ravens’ offensive linemen arrived at the team facility only to be greeted by brand-new Rolexes at their lockers. They were gifts from quarterback Lamar Jackson, the MVP favorite who’s taken the third-fewest sacks in the NFL this season among signal callers who’ve appeared in all 15 games.

It was a gesture of appreciation for a group that’s graded out as one of the best offensive lines in the league this year, but not everyone was pleased with the gifts. Karen Price, an apparent reader of the Baltimore Sun, penned a letter to the editor of the publication criticizing Jackson.

“So disappointing that in an age where professional athletes are making an insane amount of money he couldn’t have donated to charities — and done it in the name of his offensive line — then treated his teammates to dinner,” Price wrote.

“Those players can all afford their own Rolexes, so it is very discouraging that someone didn’t give him a little guidance. It just flaunts the amount of money they make and don’t know what to do with. Sorry, Lamar, I am not such a big fan now.”

That didn’t go over well with the masses, who quickly defended the Ravens quarterback for his gesture.

Another reader, this one by the name of Frank Sayegh, submitted a letter in response to Price.


“Where was your outrage when former Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco bought virtual reality systems for his whole offensive line for Christmas? Get out of here with the racist fake outrage just to have something to be mad about,” Sayegh wrote.

This wasn't the first time a questionable letter to the editor about an NFL quarterback was universally slammed. In 2016, multiple readers wrote to the Charlotte Observer to complain about Cam Newton being lauded for celebrating the birth of his child despite being unmarried. Those came one week after a disgruntled Titans fan submitted a letter criticizing his touchdown celebration for, "The chest puffs. The pelvic thrusts. The arrogant struts."

Jackson has contributed to several charitable causes since joining the NFL ranks, including attending a benefit Halloween party for the Bradley & Nikki Bozeman Foundation—a group founded by one of Jackson’s Ravens teammates that works to combat childhood bullying—and donating $25,000 to Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit that helps feed at-risk kids.

It might be a good idea to reconsider your stance before writing another letter, Karen.

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