Philadelphia fans are notoriously vocal, but Eagles defensive end Jason Babin said some of them crossed the line during last week’s loss to the Falcons.
Since he was rotating more with Brandon Graham, he spent more time on the sidelines than usual, and what he heard repulsed him.
“During the game there was a good section of fans chanting some of the most vile things I’ve ever heard,” Babin said, via Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com. “Not just at a football game, but in life, in general. Talking about attacking Coach [Andy Reid], talking about people’s wives and kids and chanting them. And I just thought there was no place for that in the NFL, none whatsoever.
“Just some of the foul things people were saying. Yeah, I’m gonna be protective of Coach Reid, Coach Wash and my teammates. It was upsetting that a few bad apples were chanting that kind of stuff, but what are you going to do?”
Breaking a three-game losing streak would help, but Babin — who has played for five different teams — said what he heard was beyond the normal dissatisfied fans.
“But if I could say just one of the things they were chanting, it’s way past bad, it’s foul,” he said. “I’ve never heard — listen, I don’t want to even repeat what I heard, it was that bad. And I’ve got a pretty high threshold for adult jokes, to give you an idea of what they’re saying.”
Philadelphia’s crowd has a reputation for a reason, having booed Santa Claus and an injured Michael Irvin. But a segment of the population seems intent on driving that image lower and lower.