Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Babin defends tweets questioning fan loyalty; said he heard "vile" chants at the Linc

Jason Babin defended a series of tweets he posted on Tuesday that questioned the loyalty of some Eagles fans.

Babin defends tweets questioning fan loyalty; said he heard "vile" chants at the Linc

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Eagles defensive end Jason Babin returned to practice Monday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Eagles defensive end Jason Babin returned to practice Monday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Jason Babin defended a series of tweets he posted on Tuesday that questioned the loyalty of some Eagles fans.

The Eagles defensive end said that he was reacting to chants about Andy Reid and other Eagles that were coming from some fans at Lincoln Financial Field during Sunday’s 30-17 loss to the Falcons.

“Some of the most vile things I’ve ever heard,” Babin called the chants. “Talking about people’s wives and kids and chanting them. I just thought there’s no place for that in the NFL.”

Babin, one of the more outspoken players in the Eagles locker, took to Twitter on Tuesday, he said, to defend Reid, defensive line coach Jim Washburn and his teammates. He posted the following over two tweets:

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“LOYALTY: loy·al·ty: noun, plural loy·al·ties: The state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations ... There are 17 teams with the same record or worse than us. Thanks for being loyal fans.......We’ll get it right.”

The Eagles are 3-4 and head to New Orleans for Monday night’s game against the Saints. Fan frustration continues to climb with each loss. Apathy is also starting to set in. The Linc was more than half empty at the start of the fourth quarter with the Eagles trailing, 27-10.

Babin, who leads the team with 2-1/2 sacks, said that’s around when he started to hear the chants that he said were coming from a section near the Eagles' side of the field.

“It was upsetting that a few bad apples were chanting that kind of stuff,” Babin said, adding: “I don’t even want to repeat what I heard, it was that bad. And I’ve got a pretty high threshold for adult jokes.”

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