With the Minnesota Vikings' season on the line during the team's upcoming game against the Chicago Bears, linebacker Chad Greenway asked fans to get "super-duper drunk" to help pump up the team.
Initially, Greenway told reporters: "We have to play accordingly and our fans have to show up accordingly, which we know they will. Hopefully, they're super-duper drunk. ... So drink liquor, not beer," he said after Minnesota's loss to Green Bay last Sunday, according to the Star Tribune. "We have to play accordingly and our fans have to show up accordingly, which we know they will. Hopefully, they're super-duper drunk. ... So drink liquor, not beer."
But after being heavily criticized for his brash words, the linebacker admitted his statement was a bit irresponsible. He said in a followup interview with "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 in Chicago that he "went a little far."
"Obviously, I could have used some more responsible words," Greenway said. "I think the people that know me, the beat writers included, know that I said that sort of tongue-in-cheek.
"I just wanted the fans at home to be loud like they always are. I think just trying to drive that point home I probably got a little loose with my words. Obviously, I should have been a little more responsible with it. It was said, so what do you do?" He continued: "I played football at the University of Iowa and all I knew was that they started drinking at about 5 o'clock at those games for tailgating so I thought it would be OK to say it," Greenway said Thursday. "Obviously I just went a little far."
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