One of the themes of the late-night Monday Night Football game between Arizona and San Diego, which we're assuming most of you turned off before the Cardinals rallied for an 18-17 victory, was that Larry Fitzgerald wasn't getting the ball thrown to him very much.
According to espn.com, Fitzgerald was thrown to only four times, and caught only one pass for 22 yards. The former Academy of Holy Angels star wasn't thrown to at all during the first three quarters.
That didn't sit well with his father, Twin Cities sports journalist Larry Fitzgerald Sr.
He spoke out on Twitter:
As a child teaching my son football.I was a lineman.I told them every play I hit somebody.He said dad I want to be a receiver.I told him-— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) September 9, 2014
Being a receiver you can work hard run all game and your dependent on the coach calling your number.And the quarterback getting you the ball— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) September 9, 2014
The world saw on Monday Night Football the politics and business of football.If its been decided that you are not getting the ball just win— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) September 9, 2014
Late Tuesday night, his son took to Twitter to distance himself from his father's tweets:
My fathers inflammatory comments dont reflect my feelings or mood. We're 1-0 & working tirelessly to be 2-0 this week thats my only concern.— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) September 10, 2014
On Wednesday morning, Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter joined in. Carter and Fitzgerald have a long-standing relationship, going back to when Carter played for the Vikings and the younger Fitzgerald was a ballboy for the team when Dennis Green was head coach.
Talking on ESPN2's Mike & Mike show, Carter told Mike Greenberg that "his dad and I were friends."
But Carter had harsh words for Fitzgerald Sr.: "I think his comments were absolutely ridiculous. The (Cardinals) organization made a commitment to Larry Fitzgerald the day they drafted him. ... Not only on the field but off the field. I think it's ridiculous and uncalled for. He sounds like a Little League dad."
Dan Hanzus of NFL.com also added his perspective: "The truth of the matter is that (quarterback) Carson Palmer isn't looking in Fitzgerald's direction on a play-by-play basis because he doesn't have to. Michael Floyd has emerged as a big playmaker (as evidenced by his 63-yard reception on Monday night). John Brown, who scored the go-ahead touchdown against the Chargers, has T.Y. Hilton-like ability, while running back Andre Ellington is expected to have a big role as a rusher and receiver."
You can read Hanzus' report here.