Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields lashed out at his own team’s fan base after a 10-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, insisting players are more affected by the outcome of a game than fans .
The 23-year-old was initially asked the following question: “Does losing to this team hurt more because of this rivalry and how badly do the Bears fans want to win this game?”
“I mean it hurts more in the locker room than it does for Bears fans, at the end of the day they don’t put in the work. I see the guys in the locker room every day and how much they put into it…” Fields replied in a post-game press conference.
A Bears fan who goes by the name MikeyBets shared a snippet of Fields’ response, along with the caption: “The f***?! This loss hurts Bears fans as much as it does players. Players come and go, fans are here forever. We put in the work to see a crumb bum franchise that hasn’t gotten us anything in 37 years. We’ll buy your jerseys, we’ll put your bums in the stands. You’re on thin ice, mate.’
The Bears entered the division standings for the first time since 2018 the night before the Packers, but missed an opportunity to put the three-time NFC North champion in an early hole.
Instead, they lost to the Packers for the seventh straight season and have not won since the 2015 NFL season at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin, when then-Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw 31 tries and completed 19 of them, including a touchdown over 200 yards a 17-13 win for Chicago.
The rivalry between the two Midwestern teams began in 1921 and is considered historic in NFL history. Green Bay surpassed Chicago in the overall series in 2017 and now leads 104-95-6.
The Bears had previously led the series by 24 games in the 1960s and 1990s. Both teams have played each other twice in the NFL playoffs, winning one game each.
Sunday’s loss, however, came after the Bears made a splash in the season opener with a 19-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers on coach Matt Eberflus’ debut. After beating a team with Super Bowl hopes in heavy rain, many were hoping the Bears would pull off another upset when they visited Green Bay last weekend.
However, Chicago struggled through much of the game, particularly Fields, who had just 70 passing yards and no touchdowns.
“By the end of his career he will be a multiple millionaire and has likely been on several other teams with no loyalty to the Bears other than willingly accepting a paycheck for nostalgia events he was invited to,” one fan shared on Twitter with reaction Field’s press conference comment. “In the meantime, the fans will still be here.”
“They pay 8 times a year to watch you. They spend all year watching you, asking for changes, hoping for the best for you and watching the design and paying for replica bear gear and jerseys and they don’t get it,” explained another Bears- fan on twitter.
“My apologies?!” shared another Twitter user, shocked by Fields’ comments. ‘He’s just arrived. He’d better show some respect to the names of the fans that allow him to get a paycheck.
“If you saw this and don’t think he is disrespecting the fans with that comment. You are not a fan. You are a spectator. Basic economics, they exist because the fans let them,” a New York Jets fan said in a match to MikeyBet’s tweet. “An NFL football franchise is nothing without a FANBASE. Owners want to make money. Fans make that possible.”
“Crazy thing a player says. A lot of people have supported their teams longer than these guys were alive,” a person who goes by “Kev” tweeted.
“How to alienate your fan base,” said another user on Twitter.
Fields was drafted 11th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Bears, who offered the New York Giants the 20th overall pick in exchange for their fifth round pick in 2021 and their first and fourth round picks in 2022 .
Fields, a top quarterback from Ohio State University, was one of only five players selected in the first round. He signed a four-year, fully guaranteed rookie contract worth $18.8 million last June after playing much of the 2021 season due to injury concerns of current Saints quarterback Andy Walton.
On Sunday, however, Chicago trailed 24-10 in the fourth quarter when the Bears had an apparent six-yard touchdown run from Fields, who was knocked over due to replays finding him down before he threw his arm reached over the goal line.
On the biggest play of the game, the Bears could hardly be blamed for relying on Fields to try and score from less than a yard away.
Fields tried to make it over the goal line while being swarmed by Green Bay’s Preston Smith and Jarran Reed. Officials ruled that Fields was stopped short of the goal line and the call stood after a re-examination.
The bears would not threaten again and ended their hopes of catching up with their rivals in the middle of the fourth quarter.
“I saw a touchdown,” said David Montgomery of the fourth stop. “I was right next to the ball. But I wouldn’t expect anything less. We’re not in Soldier Field, home advantage, so next time we’ll just have to be sure to use it. No question marks.’