Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews told For The Win that he supported quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ criticism of fans who shouted inappropriate comments during a pregame moment of silence on Sunday.
The Packers held a moment of silence for the victims of Friday’s terror attacks in Paris before their game against the Detroit Lions. During the moment, several people yelled “go Pack go,” and one yelled “Muslims suck,” instead of remaining silent, according to a crowd audio feed picked up by Deadspin.
In his postgame press conference, Rodgers expressed his disappointment with a fan who made a “prejudicial” comment during the moment of silence.
“I think it really just goes to show the level of impact we can have as athletes on not just the community but the nation and everybody who’s listening,” Matthews said. “Guys like Aaron have such a platform to share their ideals and for that time when we’re trying to have a moment of silence for the victims for somebody to say something that hateful, it just wasn’t right.
“I just think it just kind of speaks volumes to who he is and what he wants to represent as well as what he wants his country to represent.”
This wasn’t the only incident of its kind on Friday; at Madison Square Garden in New York, a fan yelled “Let’s Go Rangers” during a moment of silence honoring those affected in the Paris attacks.
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