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Washington Redskins Linebacker Robert Henson Hears It From Fans After Venting on Twitter
And he had caused at least one teammate to prepare for the fallout.
"I kind of shook my head right away, because I knew it was bad, and of course he knows that now," said veteran defensive end Phillip Daniels, who read Henson's comments Sunday night. "He's young, and sometimes you say things you don't mean. You're arguing with a person on [Twitter], and you don't realize that everybody can see what you're saying, and then things get bad. . . . Robert's young. He ain't played yet. He's got to realize that the fans actually pay your salary."
Henson wasn't the only NFL player battling with fans on Twitter Sunday night. Veteran Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Barnett invited dissatisfied home fans to "kiss his . . ." , then announced to his 18,000 or so followers that he was giving up on the social media site for the rest of the season. The fans had jeered him for celebrating making a tackle during the Packers' loss to Cincinnati.
The Redskins themselves, meantime, didn't seem quite sure how to react to Henson's outburst. One well-respected veteran declined to comment. Several hadn't heard of the incident. A few veterans had already spoken with the rookie about controlling his emotions. And one player said he wasn't even sure whether Henson was on the team's active roster. (He is.)
"I don't think he's done enough in this league to be out here talking [junk] about anything," said cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who has previously cursed out perceived critics on Twitter. "He probably shouldn't have said those exact words, but I'm a firm believer that a person can say what they want to say if it's honest, if it's true. Don't just be talking to be talking."
Henson closed the episode by meeting with reporters to apologize. He declined to discuss his earlier allegations that fans had thrown objects at him, and said he doesn't want to be a target of unhappy Washingtonians.
"I sincerely apologize to all the fans," he said. "I hope to have a long, prosperous career here, and I don't want anybody booing me or being negative towards me. Because if you seen me in training camp, I sat out there for hours signing autographs, because I love to do this, and the fans are really what keep me going."
He also met with Zorn, who said through the team that the rookie had "learned from this experience."
And as for the fans who had booed? Well, there was no consensus on them, either.
"I'd have booed us too," Hall said. "I felt like booing us, with that [nonsense] we put out there. It was a win, but it was [nonsense]."