Coronavirus Causes Twitter Dust-up Among Broncos Players

Chad Jensen

As a fan of the Denver Broncos, odds are, at some point since the coronavirus triggered state governments across America to order lock-downs, you probably got a little stir-crazy. 

Call it c̶a̶b̶i̶n̶ quarantine fever. 

It's human nature. When cooped up for an extended period of time, we can get frustrated and tempers can boil over. Anyone who's spent even a little time on social media since March will agree that people have been understandably temperamental. 

Throw in all the fear that has permeated the landscape, and the fact that the virus has become a hot-button political issue with some people seeming to take political stances, and the current discussion on social media only gets exacerbated. Broncos players aren't immune to the sad state of affairs as evidenced by the Twitter dust-up between CB Davontae Harris and DL Shelby Harris on Friday. 

It all began with this tweet from Davontae. 

That particular quip didn't sit right with Shelby, who responded with regrettable acerbity. 

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As an NFL defensive back, it's not in Davontae's nature to back down. Davontae's initial response was surprisingly restrained, however. By the time it was all said and done, both players likely regretted their conduct, even though it wasn't exactly Twitter fisticuffs. 

Rather than narrate the entire exchange, here's a screenshot. 

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What it Means

Regardless of one's stance on the wearing of masks, one thing is clear; these two world-class athletes need to get back on the field, blow off some steam, and get back to the business of playing football.  

A little friendly-fire like this on Twitter is unlikely to cause any sort of lasting rift in the Broncos' locker room, but it still isn't good. I'm not going to make a mountain out of a molehill but the exchange is notable for a reason. 

The problem is, these teammates can't return to the Broncos' UC Health Training Center for at least a few weeks yet. Brittany Bowlen has spearheaded the team's effort to get up to 'corona code', if you will, laying the safety groundwork so that front-office executives, employees, trainers, coaches, and players can eventually return to the facilities. 

The expectation is that GM John Elway and his front-office staff will be able to return next week on March 25. Players and coaches, however, will be prohibited from joining them until the NFL gives the green light. 

See, because some states are still locked down and businesses deemed 'non-essential' by the state are required to remain shuttered, NFL teams that are headquartered in those states have to abide by the same rules. So, as far as the NFL front office is concerned, until all NFL players and coaches can return to facilities without being in violation of state executive orders, no NFL players and coaches will be allowed to. 

It's how Commissioner Roger Goodell, representing the 32 owners of the NFL, is striving to maintain 'competitive balance'. The hope is that sometime in June, all 50 U.S. states will be on equal footing and allowed by their respective governors to return to work, even if it means observing 'social distancing' guidelines of a sort initially. 

In the meantime, maybe Shelby and Davontae can get together and grab a coffee, or better yet, a workout and mend any possible fences that might have been bruised by this exchange. No doubt, when the two finally hit the field of battle together when the football season rolls around, this Twitter dust-up will be nothing but water under the bridge. 

Shelby is entering his fourth year with the Broncos and just re-signed on a one-year deal in March. Davontae joined the Broncos on the doorstep of the season-opener last year after the team had claimed him off waivers from Cincinnati. 

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Comments (51)
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broncofan55555
broncofan55555

Masks are hot, uncomfortable, steam up your glasses, and are not all that healthful. First of all masks restrict your breathing of fresh air which is healthful in and of itself. Plus, you are repeatedly breathing back in your expelled carbon dioxide plus expelled toxins including viruses and bacteria are not exactly a great tradeoff for avoiding the sickness of others. Most folks don't wash their masks frequently which is essential for hygiene. I don't know of anyone who is happy wearing a mark. It is royal pain in the you know where. Most people fidget with their uncomfortable masks which means they are touching around their faces with dirty contaminated hands that pick up all kinds of nasties. It is my belief that it is the sick and those with compromised immune systems and not the healthy who should be taking precautions. The "authorities" have been all over the place on this topic. Wear them, don't wear them, etc. Furthermore, from what I have read, unless you have the N-95 masks, the home made jobs are not much protection (though I will confess that Bronco masks are adorable). The homemade jobs are more of a detriment to health for reasons listed above than a protection of it. Move along folks. This argument isn't worth losing a friendship.

BeGoodBroncos
BeGoodBroncos

so was he gonna slap the kid or the parent ?

Texasseick
Texasseick

Kids under 2 yr.old should not! Wear a mask. Stick your nose back under your own mask. In other words, mind your own business. With all due respect, of course.

Mike_d
Mike_d

Can’t the players test before the game? I think they have test that take 30 min. The teams could surely afford the machine and know everyone in the building is clear before playing. Then game on. Coaches will need to stay separated unless they know their players are clear. If you’re positive, stay home til you’re clear. Only problem would be if top players get it the competitive balance could shift. Better than no games. I don’t see fans this year in the stands. Too much liability.

broncofan55555
broncofan55555

The sooner we stop social distancing and sheltering in place and interact with one another and develop herd immunity as Sweden has already done, the better off we will be. Fauci and Birx convinced Trump that he had to lock down the economy. These doctors used the Imperial College Model of Professor Neil Ferguson which has been blown all to pieces for unreliability to convince Trump that the US was facing a pandemic that would kill millions. The model was notoriously inaccurate and underwent repeated revision downward of its estimates. To use one lousy model to demand that Trump lock down the economy in Draconian fashion, something that was never done before in our history, was in my estimation the height of irresponsibility and folly. Look it up for yourself. In other words, a scam and a sham caused a Hell of a lot of needless suffering.

BattleCupcakes
BattleCupcakes

I hope Harris can backup his mouth on the football field. When did it become law children had to wear a mask? I hope for your sake your play on the field is better than your ability to be spokesperson.

BattleCupcakes
BattleCupcakes

Harris is going to wear a mask playing football ? Maybe someone will slap him if he doesn’t wear a mask while playing. Lets hope he can cover .Maybe he doesn’t even make the team .

BroncoManiac
BroncoManiac

People have gone insane over masks. It’s ridiculous. If you’re going to get this virus, you’re going to get it. Only your immune system will stop it, not some crappy made mask. Shelby has the correct take here. I’m sorry but the gov is using this “crisis” to their advantage. Consolidating power and control. We’re just not seeing this thing spread like we were told it would.

Ro_Go
Ro_Go

What Chad failed to mention is that these two were college teammates and have a long friendship. Its essentially two brothers arguing... Not worthy of news

CharlieBeagle
CharlieBeagle

About 15 years ago we had a promising second year cornerback named Darrent Williams. Twelve hours after playing the final game of the 2006 season he was shot and killed in downtown Denver. In his case there really were "Shots Fired" Using that language to describe some petty Twitter squabble is irresponsible click-baiting and brings up a lot of bad memories. I think you can be better than this.

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

It was crazy to see that the COVID debate as finally reached the Broncos on Twitter. Everyone is entitled to their opinions but I can’t wait for these 2 Broncos to hit the field in TC!

UncleBuck
UncleBuck

Hey Davontae....relax. You can chirp all you want but get into the game of life. People are out there everyday working during this crap. Nurses. Doctors. EMT's. Police. Fire. Hell my daughter works in a grocery store. Pretty important. You are a world class athlete and will be fine. Just like Von. Get over yourself and and focus. Oh and go ahead and slap me. Then we can act like a couple of men....

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Ehh.. beef? idk lol

xecutioner
xecutioner

🙊🙉🙈

broncofan55555
broncofan55555

We can dispute statistics all day long, and I certainly could answer my critics with counter factuals. Yet, what cannot be disputed is that this approach to a pandemic has eroded our constitutional rights. The 14th Amendment says that we cannot be deprived of our property (such as businesses, jobs, use of our church buildings, etc.) without due process of law. What crime have we committed to have these destructive requirements laid upon us? When was there any due process? What statutes are on the books that allow governors to determine what businesses are essential versus nonessential? The First Amendment says that we cannot be derived of the right to assemble peaceably and to worship. Yet, these rights have been denied to us as well by government. I am far more concerned with bad legal precedents that could be used to remove our freedoms than I am about a pandemic that will be a temporary blip in history. In our state, liquor stores and abortion clinics were considered essential but churches and dental offices were considered nonessential. Really?

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Handbags at 10 paces come training camp. Be like Emmanuel and Courtland going at it last year.

EchoChamber
EchoChamber

Shelby Harris, who I like, is more offended than he should be. My word, stop playing "but you don't have kids" card, dude. Disagree with the argument. To be bent is ridiculous.


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