Stephon Gilmore was one of the biggest offseason acquisitions by the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The move also dealt a blow to the division rival Buffalo Bills.
After spending his first five seasons with the Bills, the former South Carolina CB committed in March to playing the next five years with the Patriots on a $65 million deal, worth $40 million guaranteed.
On Monday, Gilmore sent out a tweet that rubbed many fans in Buffalo the wrong way.
My People finally going to get to see me play on tv. #Patsnation#aboutthattime
— The Gilly Lock (@BumpNrunGilm0re) July 17, 2017
The tweet can be interpreted in one of two ways: He could be excited about all the national exposure he’ll surely be getting with the always-in-primetime Patriots, or he could be making a joke about the lack of airtime the Bills get.
One sports anchor in Buffalo, Jonah Javad of WGRZ, clearly took it the second way.
Stephon Gilmore took a jab at the #Bills for not playing on national TV as much as the Patriots.
My clap-back column: pic.twitter.com/1zsFAYjmkV
— Jonah Javad (@JonahJavad) July 17, 2017
Gilmore can be seen in the video wearing No. 27 (the number he wore as a rookie) and No. 24, missing several tackles.
However, Gilmore is coming off his first Pro Bowl season, one in which the 26-year-old recorded a career-high 5 interceptions for the Bills. His 135 INT return yards were second only to Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones (formerly of LSU).
Gilmore, the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft after a great career with the Gamecocks, is now one of the NFL’s highest-paid cornerbacks and should play a huge part in the Patriots’ quest to win a third Super Bowl in four years.