Rogue elements of Patriots Nation have turned on LeGarrette Blount, the former New England running back who helped the Philadelphia Eagles score an upset Super Bowl victory on Sunday night.
In a strongly worded tweet on Monday, Blount wrote that a number of Pats fans have sent him vitriolic messages on social media, and he’s fighting back.
“I’m just gonna let all these pats fans in my DMs [direct messages] and commenting on my pics know that my block button is getting used heavily!” Blount tweeted. “Especially when they are calling me a B**** and more. [Expletive] not gonna fly with me! We don’t need fans like that and neither do they! No room for it!”
Blount scored a touchdown Sunday during the Eagles’ 41-33 victory.
He emerged as a fan favorite in New England in 2016 after wracking up 18 touchdowns during the regular season.
More than 2,100 people had responded to Blount’s tweet as of Tuesday morning, including a number of supportive Pats fans, as well as former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who’s now a commentator on 98.5 FM.
“Congrats,” Zolak tweeted. “good luck to Little LG next year.”
Another fan wrote, “Don’t let them get to you, man. I’m a Patriots fan and I’m just happy you got back to back rings. You killed it this season and any real Pats fan should be happy for you. Keep playing hard and enjoy this win.”Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.