Coastal Carolina alumni were among the many former Carolina Panthers who took perceived shots at Dave Gettleman after he was fired from his general manager position by the Panthers on Monday.
Cornerback Josh Norman and fullback Mike Tolbert posted their thoughts on social media.
Norman tweeted a GIF from the Penguin in Batman asking: “Tragic irony or poetic justice?”
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Norman played four years with the Panthers but had the franchise tag rescinded in the spring of 2016 and signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Washington Redskins prior to last season.
Tolbert tweeted: “Now it looks like everyone’s getting what they wanted. Pay these guys!” with an accompanying picture from Instagram that features Tolbert with Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, tight end Greg Olson and offensive lineman Trai Turner. Davis and Olson are negotiating contract extensions with the Panthers.
Tolbert played five years with the Panthers through last season but was released and signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills. Tolbert’s Instragam photo was accompanied by hashtags including: #iknowhowitfeels #bigthingspoopin #deterioratedbihwhere #who'sdeterioratenow!!! #determinedNOTdeteriorated.
Wide receiver Steve Smith and running back DeAngelo Williams were among the others who responded to Gettleman’s firing after four years in the position, Williams posting on Twitter: “I want to publicly say @Panthers is off my list of teams I won't play for due to the firing of that snake Dave gettleman!”