Laquon Treadwell moving on from Raiders hat controversy
By Dan Zinski
Laquon Treadwell has addressed his Snapchat Raiders hat controversy and is ready to move on.
Vikings rookie Laquon Treadwell committed a bit of a fashion faux pas last week when he appeared on Snapchat wearing a black Oakland Raiders hat instead of a purple Minnesota Vikings lid.
As you might expect, Treadwell received plenty of negative feedback from Viking fans irked that their new receiver would be so silly as to don the apparel of an opposing squad.
Fans want their players to represent their team 100% of the time, regardless of that player’s particular fashion tastes.
I’m happy to report that Mr. Treadwell appears to have learned his lesson after getting hammered by Vikings fans for daring to sport the logo of a team not from Minnesota.
USA Today’s Tom Pelissero caught up with Treadwell at Vikings OTAs and found the receiver, if not exactly remorseful, then at least reasonably contrite:
"“I was just wearing the hat and it got blew up and I was just like, ‘Wow,’” Treadwell told USA TODAY Sports after Tuesday’s practice. “I can’t focus on that, though. I’ve got to take my focus off that and get back to the field. I told the fans I apologize or whatever. I just don’t want no negative (feedback). I kind of got a lot of it. But it’s understood.”"
Treadwell says fans told him to burn the hat but defiantly insisted he has no intention of torching his favorite Oakland lid. Laquon also said he’s gotten to know some Viking fans and has noted their passion.
I guess we can chalk this one up to a young man not thinking through a wardrobe decision thoroughly enough and leave it at that. No reason to continue piling on Laquon. He seems at least a little bit sorry that he ticked off the fans in Minnesota.
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If something like his happens again? Then fans will have reason to descend on Laquon and give him the social media beating he deserves. For now, I say we accept his sort-of-apology and let the controversy die.