A Maryland woman is catching heat this week over an ill-conceived take on Lamar Jackson's Christmas gifts to his teammates.
Like many NFL stars, the Ravens QB decided to splurge this holiday season and cop Rolex watches for Baltimore's offensive linemen. Jackson reportedly presented the pricey gifts on Christmas Eve.
"We're really grateful for that guy," Ravens guard Bradley Bozeman told ESPN. "I had a Bolex, the fake Rolex, that costs you about $30. This is by far the nicest watch I have — by leaps and bounds."
Karen Price wasn't impressed. The random woman criticized Jackson's gifts in a letter to the editor published by the Baltimore Sun. She pointed to Jackson's wealth and said he could've donated that money to a charity rather than spend it on watches for other wealthy athletes. (Jackson's base salary for the 2019 season is reportedly $910,529—a relatively large sum, but not nearly as much one would expect for the probable MVP.)
The letter read in part:
So disappointing that in an age where professional athletes are making an insane amount of money he couldn’t have donated to charities — and done it in the name of his offensive line — then treated his teammates to dinner ... It just flaunts the amount of money they make and don’t know what to do with. Sorry, Lamar, I am not such a big fan now. Karen Price
Ravens fans blasted Price for attempting to shame Jackson over the extravagant gifts, and pointed out that the QB has done his fair share of charitable work over the years. In 2018, he donated $25,000 to the Louisville-based organization Blessings in a Backpack and about $4,000 to Mission Hope for Kids. He's also worked with a number of youth organizations, such as the Baltimore Boys & Girls Club.
Some Twitter users called on the Baltimore Sun to fire Price; however, the publication later clarified that the woman was not a staff member, but a reader who submitted a letter for publication.
You can check out some of the reactions to Price's letter below.