Jermaine Burton Responds to Ex Georgia Player’s Criticism of Transfer
Only a couple days after Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton visited Alabama and decided to join the Crimson Tide for the upcoming season, he's already received much criticism from many Bulldog fans, including a former Bulldogs wide receiver.
Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs receiver and ex-Bulldogs receiver, had strong feelings not just about Burton's transfer, but also that it was to Alabama of all teams. "How you go to the team we just beat? And leave a team you won the natty with?," Hardman wrote on his Instagram story Monday.
The new Alabama receiver didn't take this criticism lying down though, as he quickly responded back to Hardman's comment on Twitter. "Why it matter on who agree? My career. Nobody else's."
Hardman played at Georgia from 2016 to 2018, before he was drafted in the second round by Kansas City. While at Georgia, he posted an 0-2 record against Alabama, losing to the Tide in both the 2017 National Championship Game and the 2018 SEC Championship Game, which may add into the reasoning to why he decided to criticize Burton's transfer on social media.
Burton caught 26 receptions for 497 yards and five touchdowns in Georgia's national championship winning season last year. As Burton said in his tweet, he's focusing on his career, which is likely the biggest reason for his transfer to Alabama of all schools as he saw the success former Ohio State receiver Jameson Williams had last season with the Crimson Tide. William's draft stock has skyrocketed to a first round pick after his 2021 season, according to ESPN analyst Mel Kiper's latest mock draft.
Burton is a big pick up for Alabama, as the team is losing their top two receiver targets from 2021 in Williams and John Metchie, who both declared for the 2022 NFL Draft. Burton will join former Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs and former LSU cornerback Eli Ricks, who both also joined the Crimson Tide through the transfer portal.
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