No freedom of Speech for Greenway

No freedom of Speech for Greenway

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Ankeny, IA

#1 Dec 6, 2012
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway backs off statement fans should be 'super-duper drunk' for game vs. Chicago Bears

Like a bad hangover, the media scrutiny just won't go away for Chad Greenway.

The Minnesota Vikings linebacker unintentionally thrust himself into the national spotlight this week by urging fans to get "super-duper drunk" ahead of Sunday's NFC North showdown with the Chicago Bears, in a light-hearted rallying cry that quickly went viral for all the wrong reasons.

Now Greenway is backtracking from comments that were meant as a joke but quickly took on a life of their own.

"Obviously, I could have used some more responsible words," he told ESPN Radio Chicago.

Speaking to reporters after last Sunday's 23-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Greenway was asked whether the Viking's upcoming game against Chicago was do-or-die. The six-year veteran out of the University of Iowa added a dose of off-color humor to an otherwise canned response.

"I think it is... And we have to play accordingly. I mean our fans have to show up accordingly, which we know they will. Hopefully they're super-duper drunk," Greenway said, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune.

The laughs came, and so did a follow-up question about the game's 12 p.m. local kick-off time.

"Morning drinking? Why not? You could pull an all-nighter. Then you'd have the drunk, tired guys who are really obnoxious."

Not suprisingly, these comments spread like wildfire and caused predictable outrage. NBC's Pro Football Talk even called for the NFL to fine Greenway.

No word yet from the league regarding any disciplinary action against Greenway, who's now in damage-control mode.

"I probably got a little loose with my words."

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