Michael Thomas clashes with DeVante Parker in heated Instagram exchange: 'Quit crying'

Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas picked a fight with Dolphins pass catcher DeVante Parker on social media Monday afternoon that led to a heated exchange between NFL players.

Thomas entered the fray after Parker responded to an "NFL on Fox" Instagram graphic asking whether it would be tougher to make a catch when guarded by Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore or break up a pass when covering Thomas. Parker picked the first, clearly proud of his eight-catch, 137-yard showing against Gilmore in December. He didn't mention Thomas in his response.

Thomas, though, came in hot, writing, "Go run some numbers up. Then you can talk I lapped you and you been in the league longer than me first rounder."

Parker countered by bringing up how often Thomas gets targeted by Drew Brees. Thomas said Parker should blame his parent

s for inferior genes rather than his QB. Parker said "quit crying bra."

The public bickering continued in that manner in the Instagram comment section next to the "NFL on Fox" post.

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From postseason trolling while at home to going all-out on Twitter against Josh Norman, Thomas has never backed down from an online feud.

Thomas, to his credit, has had far more NFL success than Parker or pretty much any other active receiver. He has more than 100 receptions in each of the past three seasons, including 149 in 2019.

But it seems likely that Parker did not intend to start anything with his initial comment, only engaging once Thomas went on the offensive.