Chad Greenway was only joking and after it was over he realized he had gone a little too far.
The Minnesota Vikings linebacker said last Sunday following the team’s loss at Green Bay that he hoped fans would be “super-duper drunk” for this Sunday’s meeting at the Metrodome with the Chicago Bears. Greenway, in a joking manner, was saying he hoped a loud home crowd would give the Vikings an edge.
“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,” Greenway told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, according to ESPN.com.
“I would say morning drinking,” Greenway said. “Why not? You could pull an all-nighter. Then you'd have the drunk, tired guys who will really be obnoxious.”
Greenway did his best to back pedal from the comments on Thursday when he joined the “Waddle & Silvy Show” on WMVP-AM 1000.
“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?”
Maybe Greenway can volunteer to do some public-service announcements next season promoting responsible drinking. That might be a good deed.
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