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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