Takkarist McKinley provided perhaps the most memorable moment of the 2017 NFL Draft when he brought a picture of his grandmother onstage after being selected 26th overall by the Falcons and poured out his emotions on live television.
The rawness of his tribute to her — complete with an F-bomb dropped live on NFL Network — was jarring in the context of an event so heavily stage-managed. But there was no denying the former UCLA star's sincerity as he attempted to regain his composure with help from Deion Sanders.
McKinley's emotional display had plenty of people talking Thursday night and Friday morning, among them Fox Sports personality Clay Travis, who fired off a series of tweets after the interview.
Is the picture of the grandma a carry on? Did he check it? Go through the metal detector with it? I have so many questions here.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 28, 2017
I can’t stop thinking about the Grandma picture. This might be the entire first hour of @outkick tomorrow. Did he buy the picture a seat?— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 28, 2017
McKinley took to social media himself Sunday with a response, posting a screengrab of Travis' tweets as evidence "the devil is alive and well."
Hope this shows you the devil is alive and well.. to straight disrespect someone dead grandmother and think it's funny is crazy to me. pic.twitter.com/KyD29ILQHi— Takkarist McKinley (@Takk) April 30, 2017
While McKinley doesn't figure to be a guest on Travis' show anytime soon, he can take solace in one ripple that emerged from the interview. Though he said on stage the league could "Fine me later" for the F-bomb, NFL Media reported Monday that the powers that be will not penalize the rookie for the outburst.
New #Falcons LB Takk McKinley famously said on stage “fine me later” after cursing post-pick. No worries. Source said he won’t be fined— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 1, 2017