Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil has been fans' favorite whipping boy all season due to a level of high-profile ineptitude not seen since Christian Ponder was under center.
Yesterday Kalil was especially bad, getting flagged for three penalties at crucial times in the Vikings' 24-21 loss to the Packers. After the game he quickly stormed past reporters rather than talk publicly about his terrible day, but trouble may have found him outside TCF Bank Stadium.
Here's what we know: Twitter user @hutsy81 was taking post-game selfies with Vikings players as they left the stadium.
Selfie with Michael Mauti! pic.twitter.com/DTy6IQLpdE— Allie (@hutsy81) November 23, 2014
She tweeted that a fan yelled at Kalil, then Kalil argued back and flipped the fan's hat off of his head before the fan was taken away by police.
So Kalil flipped the hat off a fan and came back twice to argue. The fan then threw his hat and was arrested. Logic pic.twitter.com/JLoBROwGi0— Allie (@hutsy81) November 23, 2014
Another Twitter user, @sidegravy told a similar story.
@GoesslingESPN here is what I witnessed, Kalil came out of the stadium appearing to be on his phone. A guy about 3 people down from me said— Meg (@SideGravy) November 24, 2014
@GoesslingESPN "Play better". Kalil said, "What did you say?" The guys mumbled something and Kalil walked away. Still appearing to be on the— Meg (@SideGravy) November 24, 2014
@GoesslingESPN phone. Then he turned around again after walking about 20 yards away from the guy and went back at him. Having another— Meg (@SideGravy) November 24, 2014
@GoesslingESPN conversation with the guy and grabbed the guys hat. The. Walked away and to his car. The guy was escorted away by security.— Meg (@SideGravy) November 24, 2014
Later Twitter user @Kirby_Fuckett claimed to be the heckler who caused Kalil to go off. According to Mr. Fuckett, he asked Kalil where he would like to get traded and refused to back off when Kalil challenged him.
Then Kalil threw the heckler's hat to the ground, and the heckler threw a program at Kalil and was escorted from the area by police.
Obviously take these stories with a few grains of salt; they're just Twitter rumors at this point. We have calls in to the Vikings and Minneapolis Police Department and will update when we hear back.Click to page two to see @Kirby_Fuckett's side of the story. [page]
@GoesslingESPN ok. Well I was with my brother in law and we were waiting to see the players and get a couple of autographs.— Rhett Wade (@Kirby_Fuckett) November 24, 2014
@GoesslingESPN and we just watched Matt Kalil cost us the game, so when he came out I really didn't want to see him, so I said to him ..— Rhett Wade (@Kirby_Fuckett) November 24, 2014
@GoesslingESPN "where do you want to be traded?" .. and he was on his phone, and when it finally registered with him what I said he turned— Rhett Wade (@Kirby_Fuckett) November 24, 2014
@GoesslingESPN around and said "who said that?" Like I would be scared to repeat myself, but that wasn't the case, so I told him again.— Rhett Wade (@Kirby_Fuckett) November 24, 2014
@GoesslingESPN and then he told me to "get the fuck outta here" and then i said "I'd rather have your brother than you on my team" and— Rhett Wade (@Kirby_Fuckett) November 24, 2014
@GoesslingESPN then he walked away like he didn't hear what I said, but then he turned back around and asked me what I said again and then I— Rhett Wade (@Kirby_Fuckett) November 24, 2014
@GoesslingESPN repeated what I said again and then he proceeded to grab my hat off my head and throw it on the ground and mumble some stuff— Rhett Wade (@Kirby_Fuckett) November 24, 2014
@GoesslingESPN I didn't hear, i then threw my program in his face. Then the police escorted me to my tailgate site and then I was chillin.— Rhett Wade (@Kirby_Fuckett) November 24, 2014
@GoesslingESPN that's the whole story in a nutshell.— Rhett Wade (@Kirby_Fuckett) November 24, 2014
h/t to @GoesslingESPN
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