Chris Thompson knows full and well that he will be entering hostile territory on Monday at Lincoln Financial Field.
In an appearance this week on ESPN 980, the Washington Redskins running back sounded off on Philadelphia fans before Week 7’s game with the Eagles.
“Philly fans are some of the meanest fans I’ve ever experienced,” Thompson said, according to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “You see a lot of the players pregame when we run out of the tunnel, guys just go pray or whatever in the end zone,” Thompson said. “And [two years ago] I went and prayed in the end zone, and one of the [fans] told me, he was like, ‘God’s not going to help you today.’ And I was like oh, shoot. I heard it while I was praying. I was like dang, all right, that’s a little harsh.”
The fourth-year running back also added that he will not be letting his family attend Monday’s game in Philly.
“I heard that’s the one stadium you keep your family from going to,” said Thompson. “My family will be here this week, and they were like, ‘I want to come to the Philly game.’ I said, ‘Absolutely not, you’re going to have to wait until Dallas comes around.’ Because my stepdad, he’s a big guy. And if he starts fighting, it’ll be real bad out there. I was told that right away my rookie year: Keep your family away.”
Eagles fans do have a particular history of malice against the Redskins, so Thompson is probably smart to take precautions ahead of the NFC East battle.
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