Earlier this week, former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia called out ESPN analyst Mina Kimes for her criticism of Jimmy Garoppolo. She recently stated the 49ers quarterback is pretty much along for the ride when it comes to this year's playoff run.
"Who the hell is Mina Kimes and when is the last time she threw a touchdown pass in a game? Never! Ever! has she taken a snap or can truly understand the ability, the mindset, the physical and mental toughness, that it takes to play the QB position or any position in the NFL,” Garcia wrote on social media. “The fact that there are people out there given a platform to talk about something that they have never done is hilarious and that’s how you have to look at her, she’s a joke! So let’s just laugh at her and support Jimmy, root on our Niners to go out and beat the living f–k out of one more team. That’s what it takes. She will never know that feeling. Can I get an amen? Peace.”
Kimes responded to Garcia's rant on Twitter, saying "Apparently I was the only person last week to point out Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t play well."
After dealing with a ton of backlash from the media over the past few days, Garcia explained his side to the story on 95.7 The Game. He said he wasn't being sexist toward Kimes, and that he doesn't owe anyone an apology regarding his stance on this subject.
"Well first of all, I don’t owe anybody an apology for my beliefs and my experience at playing the quarterback position. The difficulty of that position, the expectation on that position, how qualified you have to be one of 32 starters in a National Football League from a mental and physical standpoint," Garcia said on Steiny & Guru. "People want to comment and tear down individuals based upon statistics — the only statistic that matters right now is are you winning or losing games. There was nothing sexist from what I had to say, outside of the fact that, yes, women don’t play professional football, there are women that do participate in football, but had it been a man saying the same thing, I would’ve had the same response for that man...All I care about is are 49ers fans, and what my family thinks, and what my close friends think. That’s all that matters.”
Garcia said he was simply defending Garoppolo from Kimes' criticism.
“There was a post from my feed that came from a 49ers faithful. It was in his post where he screenshot what Mina had said based upon the video. He shared the video. I made a comment on his post, or at least that’s what I thought I was doing, to the 49ers faithful saying, ‘Hey, I’m behind Jimmy. He knows he has to play better. We’re all self-critical at this level of how we play the game’. It just so happened that she was the mouth on the end of the video post that was shared…If it would’ve been anybody else ripping into the 49ers quarterback, I would’ve said the same thing. It had nothing to do with the fact that she was a woman, it just so happened to be the timing that I caught the subject matter. I don’t care what anybody else has to say.”
At the end of the day, Kimes should be able to talk about football regardless if she played the actual sport.
We'll see if Kimes fires back at Garcia one more time.