"See, I knew I didn't like Steph Curry," Jenkins said before calling the Golden State Warriors star a "front-runner."
Curry is an avid Carolina Panthers fan who banged their "Keep Pounding" drum before Super Bowl 50. The Charlotte native told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that he's "really serious" about joining a group to bid for the franchise's ownership.
Jenkins appears to have mistaken Curry's intent. His red sweatshirt was not in support of the Patriots, but rather the Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. The school explained his clothing choice and invited him to a game.
Minnehaha Redhawks @RedhawksAD
Word is @StephenCurry30 is good friends with someone who is married to an MA Alum. Thanks, Mr. Curry for representing the Redhawks! Next time you are in town we will wave the $5 Admission Fee to attend one of our games...2018-2-4 22:26:36
Per NBC Sports Authentic's Kerith Burke, Curry was pulling for the Eagles despite standing on the Patriots sideline.
Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Steph Curry is going to the Super Bowl tomorrow and he's bringing the Warriors' Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Irr with him. Mike's a huge Pats fan. Steph's rooting for the Eagles.2018-2-4 03:42:57
A tweet from his friend, Bryant Barr, appears to validate this claim.
Bryant Barr @bryantabarr
What an unforgettable day. Took the L and can’t wait for @StephenCurry30 to fall asleep on this plane so he stops singing “fly eagles fly” 🤦🏼♂️ https://t.co/8Yvaovy1Hq2018-2-5 04:46:56
If anything, one could argue Curry was behaving in a front-running capacity by cheering for the NFC champions. Perhaps he merely wanted payback for New England's Super Bowl XXXVIII victory over Carolina.