Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum and wide receiver Adam Thielen didn’t have too many complimentary things to say about their experience in the City of Brotherly Love — and that’s aside from the final score of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.
Video surfaced of some Vikings fans having beer cans thrown in their direction while walking through a parking lot. Other video also showed Philadelphia Eagles fans shouting obscenities and hostile language in the direction of Vikings fans.
Keenum wasn’t spared either, as the journeyman quarterback told KFAN radio in Minneapolis on Tuesday that his family wasn’t exactly treated well during and after the Eagles’ 38-7 victory.
“It was tough. I’m not gonna tell you any stories,” Keenum said. “There were some situations that were not good.”
Keenum told the radio station that he was thankful he had a few friends in attendance at the game as a means of protection for his family.
“I’m glad I had some of my friends there to intercede,” Keenum said. “It was tough on everyone, not just us on the field.”
Thielen reportedly saw the carnage close up, as he was on the team bus that was under siege from Eagles fans.
“I think that’s kind of ridiculous for fans to be acting that way,” Thielen said, via Twincities.com. “I’ve heard some crazy things. You don’t ever want to see that. Honestly, it’s just a game. You love when fans are passionate about their team and stuff like that. When it starts crossing the line, I think that’s ridiculous.”
All was not negative, however, as The Mike Zimmer Foundation announced on Twitter this week that a “flood of donations” has come in from Eagles fans, most apologizing for how fans treated the Vikings in Philadelphia.
“We are just under $7,000 as of this morning and the donations keep rolling in,” Corri Zimmer said, per ESPN. “They started coming in yesterday morning, sent with messages from Eagles fans apologizing for the bad apples and wanted to donate to show that they all are not like that. A lot of them also congratulated us on our season, complimented our team and said they look forward to competing against us next year.”
The Mike Zimmer Foundation, which is dedicated to serving youth in Minnesota, was created to honor the life of Mike’s wife, Vikki Zimmer, who died in 2009.
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