Michael Thomas, the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2019, and DeVante Parker jousted over social media in a spat sparked by an Instagram poll.
The NFL on Fox posted a poll on Monday night asking: Which is tougher? A. Make a catch while guarded by Stephon Gilmore, or B. Break up a pass while guarding Michael Thomas.
Thomas, the Saints’ All-Pro who caught 149 passes last season and has led the NFL in receiving back-to-back years, took exception to Parker posting “A” in the comments.
Thomas posted a reply to Parker.
“For you, yes. Go run some numbers up. Then you can talk. I lapped you and you been in the league longer than me, first-rounder.”
Parker, the Miami Dolphins wideout who was the 14th overall pick in 2015 and had a breakout season with 72 receptions for 1,202 yards in 2019, responded: “Got some hard feeling there brotha??? Let me get targeted 300 times a game.”
Thomas punched back.
“In other words, you weak. They don’t even put your name in the same sentence as me. Remember that!” and “You still not going to do nothing. It took you six years and 17 weeks to have a good game. GTFOH. Blame your parents, not no QB.”
“Quit crying bra,” Parker told Thomas, including several laughing emojis.
Thomas put an end to the conversation after a few more barbs from either side by telling Parker, “You can’t even get a seat at the table.”
Gilmore was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 for the New England Patriots. He held Parker without a catch in the first meeting last season before the wideout rebounded in Week 17 with eight receptions for 137 yards in Miami’s 27-24 victory over New England.