Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) leaves the game with an injury in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Forte and Being A Twitter Tough Guy

The Derrick Rose circus has now spilled into other sports . Throughout this past week, there were internet rumors that suggested that Rose might return for the Bulls on Friday in game 3 against the Heat. Rose did no such thing. That opened the door for the criticism of Rose to continue/

That is when Chicago Bears’ running back Matt Forte took to twitter to criticize the critics of Rose.

With that tweet, Forte was taking aim at all the fans that have been criticizing Rose in recent weeks for not returning from ACL surgery that he had performed in May of 2012. Forte was insinuating that since most fans are not professional athletes, then they do not have the right to speak on the Derrick Rose situation. Fair to say that Forte was also taking aim at media types that have come out and been critical of the Bulls’ point guard.

Picking up on Forte’s tweet, Marc Silverman of the “Waddle and Silvy” show broadcast on ESPN Radio 1000 engaged in a war of tweets with the Bears’ running back. Silverman’s first tweet reminded everyone of how “hush hush” the Bears were in the immediate days after quarterback Jay Cutler’s knee sprain in the 2010 NFC Championship game.

Forte did comment on Cutler’s injury, though it was one week after the injury happened. But Silverman did not stop there. Silerman than retaliated to Forte’s insinuation by suggesting that the running back focus on his on-the-field production as opposed to twitter.

Silverman was referring to the 2011 season, when Forte missed the final four games of the regular season with a knee injury but was able to play in the Pro Bowl. In a series of replies on twitter, Silverman also accurately called Forte the league’s 15th best running back.

That is when Forte crossed the lines of classy and suggested that Silverman was a twitter tough guy.

Forte did not stop there as the running back continued to insult Silverman on twitter.

Every individual–regardless of whether they are a fan or a professional athlete–is entitled to their opinion. That being said, there comes a point where one’s opinion makes the individual out to be closed minded.

That is what Forte’s twitter rant on Silverman–and fans–made the running back appear to be. Forte’s thought that Silverman can’t criticize a player since he’s never been a professional athlete is wrong on many levels. Silverman, as every member of the Sports’ media would do, was simply defending fans and other non-professional athlete right to have an opinion and express it. The ironic thing is that Forte called Silverman a “twitter tough guy”, when in fact, that label would best describe Forte.

If Silverman is not allowed to criticize Forte since the radio host is not a professional athlete, then my suggestion to the Bears’ running back is to not be a hypocrite by contradicting yourself and criticizing Silverman. After all, Matt, you’ve never been a sports’ radio host.

Tags: Chicago Bears Derrick Rose Marc Silverman Matt Forte

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