Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. said he’s had enough of unruly fans calling him the n-word and in response on Monday night he flipped the bird in retaliation saying, “at some point you keep calling us the n-word, we going to start acting up.”
On Thursday, the NFL said it was reviewing Pryor’s actions toward Chiefs fans who he said verbally abused him during and after a football game at Arrowhead Stadium, The Denver Post reports.
Pryor took to social media to explain why he responded the way he did to irate Chiefs fans who he said hurled racial slurs, which was captured on cellphone video.
“Being called a (n-word) several times to the point where an NFL employee had to step to me and stand by me the whole game from second quarter on is the exact reason why guys are kneeling during anthem. I choose not to kneel because as a team we decided to be one and stand, but as I walked in tunnel hearing someone call me a (n-word) and say F you to me. Me flicking the person off is more deserving. I do apologize to my teammates and the organization. But at some point you keep calling us the n-word, we going to start acting up.”
According to TMZ Sports, Pryor was walking toward the tunnel after a game against the Chiefs and put up his middle finger to fans who yelled profanities at him. Pryor also appeared to look like he was going to throw his helmet into the crowd at the fans who was yelling obscenities but he kept going to the locker room.
Missing from the conversation with Pryor and the league is that fact that Native Americans have been protesting the Washington team name for years, calling it racist.