Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long spent the majority of his 2019 season recovering from an early hip injury. Following their Week 5 loss to the Oakland Raiders, the team put him on the injured reserve on October 14, and Long has not played since.
Long went through a bit of a hibernation of social media even before that, taking a break at the end of September from the incessant tweets, musings and questions about the Twitter-verse. But on Thanksgiving he returned to Twitter with a heartfelt message to fans. Noting that for the “first time in a long time” on the holiday he was home with his family, Long also noted that he “had some glasses of wine. Lots of smiles and laughter in his timeline before offering “this feeling to all.”
For the first time in a very long time i am home with family for thanksgiving. I have had a few glasses of wine. Lots of smiles and laughs. Incredible. I wish this feeling unto everyone on my timeline ❤️
— Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) November 28, 2019
It was a jovial message to expect those who follow him, and Long has been quite active on Twitter since Thanksgiving. Whether it led to discussions with pop culture, live tweeting during games, or engaging with fans, Long had something to say (usually entertaining).
He also took down some Twitter trolls who came to him with erroneous information— while also throwing some shade at President Donald Trump.
Kyle Long Throws Shade at Donald Trump
Long re-tweeted a factoid thrown out into the Twitter-verse by sports business reporter Darren Rovell, noting that since September 2019, 47 of the top 50 most watched American television programs have bee NFL telecasts. Long then referenced President Donald Trump, who has previously spoken ill of the NFL, saying: “I remember when DJT said we were done.”
President Trump has voiced his displeasure with the NFL on multiple occasions, and he has often spoke about how the league is failing, even offering his business expertise on how to make the NFL thrive again. Then, when a fan chastised Long for kneeling, Long clapped back — because that never happened.
Long Owns Twitter Trolls, Slams ‘False Narrative’
One fan decided to call Long out for kneeling back in 2016 and 2017. “I remember when y’all used to kneel and now stopped,” the fan wrote. Long’s response was swift and devastating: “I remember that false narrative. I have never knelt during the anthem … nor has anyone that I’ve played with. Gold bless u bro! Get some booty or some friends in 2020 please!”
I remember that false narrative. I have never knelt during the anthem ?? nor has anyone that I’ve played with. God bless u bro! Get some booty or some friends in 2020 please! https://t.co/uPwKGnBPjU
— Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) January 2, 2020
Long did not stop there. “False narrative?” Someone tweeted at him. “A story that wasn’t true,” Long deadpanned in response.
Long also took time to gently remind one Twitter user not to throw grammar stones. When someone suggested Trump was not ” to bright,” Long pointed out the grammatical contradiction:
Long’s status with the Bears after his injury this season remains unknown, but he seems to be in high spirits. And his takedowns are still pretty solid.