Julio Jones silence is nothing short of deafening and that is something that Falcons fans should take note of.
For years, the majority of Falcons fans have defended Julio Jones when others, both inside the fan base as well as outside, cried he was a diva – he simply never came across that way. Even when Falcons fans cried that Julio working out with guys like Terrell Owens would corrupt his young mind, nothing ever came of it.
Others claimed he was a distraction when he didn’t show up to any of the Organized Team Activities or mini camps. His teammates never felt that way because they knew Julio was working.
Many people claimed Julio Jones was a diva for wanting the money that he had rightfully earned and many more have been saying that same thing now because the team and Julio have not come to an agreement about how to create much-needed cap space.
Julio Jones refusal to speak these last 24 hours is cowardice
Sadly, there is no other way to put it – Julio Jones has become a coward.
Instead of speaking out himself, he organized a stunt on a morning television show to force the Atlanta Falcons hand. How do you know it was 100 percent a stunt organized by Julio and his people –
They have not said a word about it.
If he was truly caught by surprise and had no idea he was on television, either Julio himself or his representatives would have almost immediately put out a statement letting everyone know that they had no idea they were on live television.
It is also against FCC regulations to do what Shannon Sharpe allegedly did which is why Fox Sports had Julio’s permission to air that conversation.
Of all the endings that Atlanta Falcons fans could have predicted for the future first-ballot Hall of Fame player. The reminder that fans all need to take from this – being a fan comes at a cost whether it’s loyalty to a player or a franchise, eventually, one or both will remind you that ultimately you don’t matter and they are always going to do what makes the most sense for them at the time.
Being hurt over Julio leaving is natural but it should not be a shock to anyone and he will eventually regret how he has handled this entire situation.