On Thursday night, Round 1 of the 2019 NFL draft kicked off from Nashville.
The Arizona Cardinals – despite rumors of a potential change – selected former Oklahoma star Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. The rest of the first round went as expected until the Pittsburgh Steelers made a bold jump up to select linebacker Devin Bush after trading with the Denver Broncos.
A few picks later, the Tennessee Titans selected Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons.
ESPN’s coverage of the pick quickly turned controversial. The Worldwide Leader showed a video of Simmons in an altercation with a woman from when he was in high school.
Although Simmons has a checkered past, fans watching from home weren’t happy with ESPN’s decision to air the footage.
Here’s some of the reaction.
Wow @espn what an absolute joke you are. Why show that video of Simmons. What on earth is there to gain from smearing that kids’ image? Classless.
— Matthew Marshall (@MattMarshall12) April 26, 2019
Why is @espn showing this video of Jeffrey Simmons? Ridiculous.
— Travis Termin (@trvstrmn) April 26, 2019
Espn and NFL so worried about protecting their image. This coverage of Jeffery Simmons is flat out strange
— LS (@OKAY_its_Sherry) April 26, 2019
NFL teams saw Simmons as a top-five talent in this year’s draft, but his character concerns and injury history precipitated a fall to No. 19.
The star defensive lineman suffered a torn ACL while training for the NFL draft in February. He is expected to miss the full 2019 NFL season – which also likely played a part in his fall.
Stay tuned for the latest from the first round of the NFL draft.