Well, at least it’s been a few years before Kris Boyd stirred up a social media controversy.
The infamous halftime retweet during the Cow Town Beatdown in 2015 gave way to a period of relative quiet for the Texas Longhorns senior cornerback, but the criticism of the defense’s performance on Saturday against the Oklahoma State Cowboys by former Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho apparently set Boyd off.
Following a suspension for the first quarter after arriving late to a team function and a poor performance thereafter, Boyd lashed out at Acho on Instagram on Sunday:
Boyd going straight after Acho on Instagram. Smart. pic.twitter.com/0LuqqMGzl4— Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) October 28, 2018
Acho, who now works for ESPN after spending two years at the Longhorn Network, did have himself quite a day on Twitter.
First, he criticized head coach Tom Herman for suspending Boyd and senior cornerback Davante Davis for the disastrous first quarter that resulted in 17 points scored by Oklahoma State:
Nothing there for Boyd to get upset about — Acho was actually defending Boyd’s right to show up late for a team function and not suffer significant on-field consequences.
However, Acho did take multiple apparent shots at Boyd:
I can’t watch this dude play defense anymore. It’s actually trash.— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) October 28, 2018
If you know. You know. #Texas
When there was pushback against Acho for those apparent references to Boyd, he noted that he never explicitly named the senior cornerback:
Naw I feel u, and I didn’t say I was talking about Kris, I would never put nobody on front street like that... but anybody who feels that tweet applies to them should probably step up. I played hella trash games in my day lol. U grow and move on u feel me— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) October 28, 2018
So perhaps Boyd would be better served by stepping up and trying to avoid any culpability for a tough loss by showing up to team functions on time and playing better.
After all, he was assigned the best wide receiver on the Oklahoma State team and that player produced more than 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Not all of those catches and yards and touchdowns came against Boyd, but it was his own immaturity that ensured they did not.