ESPN seems to have gone with their latest graphic.
On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles at the Super Bowl despite the fact that Jalen Hurts outplayed Patrick Mahomes in the game.
Jalen Hurts having 304 yards passing, 70 yards rushing, four total touchdowns and no interceptions would almost always be enough to win a game. Not today. pic.twitter.com/OusxW5Pvzo
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) February 13, 2023
During his postgame press conference, an emotional Hurts described his feelings following the team’s heartbreaking loss.
“We came up short. I think the beautiful part about it is everyone experiences different pains, everyone experiences different agonies of life, but you decide if you want to learn from it. You decide if you want that to be a teachable moment. I know I do.”
I’ve been doing this most of my life, since I was 16 and it still amazes how bad media are at asking questions. See that kid, he was only one that asked Jalen Hurts a really thoughtful question and in turn got a thoughtful answer of what Hurts will take from this going forward. pic.twitter.com/7CW1F79Xtm
— Robert Littal BSO (@BSO) February 13, 2023
After the game, ESPN decided to run a disrespectful graphic that showed Mahomes stepping over Hurts the same way Allen Iverson infamously stepped over Ty Lue in the NBA Finals.
𝐏𝐀𝐓𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐊 𝐌𝐀𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐄𝐒 𝐃𝐈𝐃 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐓 😤
He and the Chiefs are Super Bowl champs! pic.twitter.com/6lai9sWt8F
— ESPN (@espn) February 13, 2023
Fans and media alike crushed ESPN over the graphic.
This is disrespectful as hell @espn !!! SMH https://t.co/LrcNG1czgw
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) February 13, 2023
This graphic seems to … not illustrate what actually happened. https://t.co/onyspv1o4M
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) February 13, 2023
what a cruel photo edit https://t.co/75iGaRfISz
— Cam Stone (@thecamstone) February 13, 2023
Delete this shit. Jalen OUT QB’d Mahomes. The Chiefs Defense gave them a TD and the @NFL HELPED them WIN. #SuperBowl #NFLRigged https://t.co/aLR00TslGf
— Deion Freeman. (@DeionFreeman) February 13, 2023
Poor choice of journalism on SO MANY levels. First and foremost you are degrading a guy that literally outplayed Mahomes in the same game. That same player was cheated of a chance to have his final say in the outcome. Read the room before tweeting https://t.co/GUPK4kr8B1
— Jason Voorhees (@Mustaine3651) February 13, 2023