LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears quarterback Justin Fields on Wednesday made an unsolicited effort to clarify a comment about Chicago's fan base that he made after his team’s 27-10 loss to the Packers on Sunday, explaining that he felt the words were later taken out of context on social media.
After the loss, Fields was asked about the frustration of the Bears’ seven-game losing streak to the Packers and how Chicago fans want to see wins against their rival.
“It hurts more in the locker room than (for) the Bears fans,” Fields said Sunday night. “At the end of the day, they aren’t putting in any work (for each game). I see the guys in the locker room every day, I see how much work they put in. Coming out of a disappointing loss like this, it hurts.”
On Wednesday, Fields pointed toward various outlets and other social media posts that he felt took the comment and distorted its true meaning.
“Yeah, I was mad after the game,” Fields said Wednesday as he changed course on a football question. “I'd like to address this now to get everything cleared up. There was a thing I said on Sunday after the game where I said the fans don’t put in work. First off, I was frustrated after the game. Number one, I didn’t want to talk to (the media). I wasn’t in the mood to come and talk to (the media).
“What I meant by that is I'm talking about work regarding the game on Sunday, winning the game. I don’t know any fans. I don’t know what they’re doing in their personal lives. I respect every fan that we have. I'm glad that we have fans. I would never disrespect anybody on what they do or what they love to do. It came off like that. Some social media outlets, they quoted my quote and they got a big buzz out of it. So, of course they did a great job doing that. Of course social media is going to do that. But I just wanted to clear that up.
“The fans definitely let me know, for sure. But again, I didn’t mean it to come off like that. But of course, Barstool or whatever tried to make it seem like I did. They did a good job doing that. Of course, there are people that bought into that. I’m just clearing that up.”
Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.