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Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 09/22/2011

NFL.com ad uses Jamaal Charles to remind fantasy football players that he’s finished this year, but they aren’t


(NFL.com)
Arian Foster had a point.

When the Houston Texans running back hurt his leg last month, he lashed out at fans who were more concerned with his fantasy football value than his human value.


Jamaal Charles, who was hurt Sept. 18. (Rick Osentoski / AP)
For a while today, his own league did that very thing. NFL.com featured a fantasy ad using the image of Jamaal Charles, the Kansas City Chiefs running back, being carted off the field after suffering a season-ending, anterior cruciate ligament injury Sunday.

The ad asked “Injury ruined your fantasy season?”

At least one of Charles’s fellow players, Minnesota’s Chris Kluwe, was appalled. “Great job NFL.com using a player’s season ending injury to promote fantasy football,” he tweeted (along with an expletive).

Charles’s comments Wednesday show he deserved better.

“I want to thank my family, teammates, and fans for their support and the prayers. It is great to know that people actually care about you. ... I have a strong faith and believe that God is going to work everything out for me.”

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