Saturday afternoon, a Twitter interaction between, of all people, Lamar Jackson and President Donald Trump set social media ablaze.
Trump tweeted that Jackson’s selection at 32nd overall in 2018 was a great pick after a video of Jaire Alexander, a former teammate of Jackson’s at Louisville, surfaced of Alexander celebrating Jackson’s selection.
Really nice to see this and, what a great pick! https://t.co/91104h0sd1— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2020
Jackson quote-tweeted the president with the phrase, ‘Truzz Trump,’ in one of the more random social media encounters. But Jackson was surprised at how his tweet, which has 39.5 thousand retweets as of the early afternoon Tuesday, took off.
Truzz Trump https://t.co/gy9LQO6nSA— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) April 18, 2020
“Someone actually texted me about that and was like, ‘Trump just tweeted you,’” Jackson explained Tuesday on a video conference with reporters. “So I was like, ‘Yeah,’ and got on Twitter. I had seen he was making a statement about me being a great pick, my teammate congratulating me and stuff like that. I was just like, ‘I appreciate that.’ That’s what Truss means, I’ve been saying it all year. I don’t know why it got blown up like that.”
He faced criticism, and support, for his tweet, but Jackson maintained he was simply sticking to what the president was saying about Jackson’s on-field ability and draft choice.
He wanted it to be a simple, unassuming tweet but instead, it turned into a much bigger story.
“I wasn’t making no political statements or anything like that, I was just agreeing with the way he was talking about me and my team,” Jackson said. “That’s all.“
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