A little known ex-NFL player found his timeline lit up recently when he took jabs at epic R&B singer and actress Jill Scott. The “Golden” singer, totally unaware of Queiro, has yet to respond to his careless remarks and his apology isn’t hitting with the same energy of his initial tweets.
Fans of Jill Scott range the world over, while chances are you might not have heard of Kyle Queiro. The linebacker was a college football player was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys back in 2018 but was released the next year without having played any games.
He then went on to play for the XFL team Seattle Dragons, but when the pan-demic hit the US and decimated sports and live events, the XFL suspended all operations as well. April 2020, the league officially filed for bankruptcy, with Queiro having only played 5 games after being on injured reserve for most of that contract.
Little needs to be said about songstress Jill Scott, who in 2020 is still breaking records with her Verzuz battle this year with Erykah Badu.
The Versuz battles have become a cultural touchpoint during the time of the coronavirus, emerging as a platform open to anyone that wants to watch featuring candid discussions, unreleased music and a hit parade from of Black music’s most prominent artists. Swizz Beats started the whole thing with fellow superproducer Timbaland.
The recent battle with Erykah Bad versus Jill Scott led to the tripling of the artist’s combined catalogs, according to Billboard:
“The two singer-songwriters collectively pulled 6.7 million U.S. streams on Saturday and Sunday for their total song catalogs, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, compared with a 2.1 million haul for the Thursday and Friday preceding the showdown. Badu and Scott’s livestream drew more than 700,000 attendees at its peak and set a new series viewership record, overtaking the nearly 525,000 who tuned in to see Babyface battle Teddy Riley on April 20.”
Another official statistic showing the power of Jill Scott comes from the Nielsen Music and MRC Data released “United States Midyear Report.” With regards to streaming numbers for both of their catalogs and positive impact from Verzuz battles, their catalogs had the largest increase of all other battles: streaming increased 217%.
It’s easy to see why the Internet collectively gasped at Kyle Quiero’s allegations levied in a now-deleted series of tweets. The football player asked, incredulously according to some other Twitter user’s reactions, “People are attracted to JILL SCOTT!?”
The vilification came quick to Quiero’s mentions, with responses ranging from questioning who Quiero was to people checking his age according to his twitter bio to see if he was just of a generation that wasn’t familiar. Unfortunately, Quiero doubled down with the rest of his tweets.
Ultimately, he deleted all the offensive tweets and replaced them with an apology. “I tried to explain my tweet after realizing how poorly it was worded and conveyed. I didn’t grow up on Jill Scott so it was news to me that she was a sex symbol, and I just tweeted. Stupidly. It was best to just delete it & take my L.”
As of now, all of Queiro’s social media channels have been set to “Private.”
See the full apology below.