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By Marc Farzetta
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A lot has been made over the last month or so about what Jason Babin has had to say. The former Eagle and current Jaguar has made it his new favorite past time to throw criticism around.
On November 2nd, Babin enraged many fans when he ripped a section of them at Lincoln Financial Field following the Eagles 30-17 loss to the Falcons. Babin said they were chanting “some of the most vile things I’ve ever heard. Talking about people’s wives and kids and chanting them. I just thought there’s no place for that in the NFL.
Good news though if you’re an Eagles fan, the former Pro Bowler has turned his sites away from Philadelphia fans and turned them on the Philadelphia media.
I spoke with Jacksonville Jaguars reporter Vito Stellino on Thursday about Babin’s comments. He was present at Babin’s first press conference as a Jag and featured on the team’s website. But when Jaguars.com stopped recording, Stellino kept his tape recorder rolling. Here is the audio along with a transcript of what Babin had to say about Philadelphia reporters:
Babin: I got on them last year, most of all the reporters and I challenged them to be professional. I said if you want the hard questions dress appropriate. You can’t come in here in shorts and old shoes that aren’t tied and stinky breath and if you want to write about something, ask a question to understand what we’re doing, I’ll explain it to you, be critical and I basically told them to be professionals (laughs) but what you going to do.
Reporter 1: I thought you guys had an incident or something like that?
Babin: No No No, I just challenged them and tough if they didn’t like It.
Reporter 1: During the summer can we wear shorts though I mean…?
Reporter 2: Yeah it’s a little warmer out here (laughs)?
Babin: I mean you guys are professionals, you understand the game you understand how to write, how to ask questions, all they do is ask loaded questions. You know ‘do you blame Trent Cole for not getting a sack today?’ you know what I mean that all they did they tried to pop headlines to read something wild. That’s how it is there you know?
Babin preceded these comments by saying “Things became “stagnant” in Philadelphia and that he was happy to be apart of something in Jacksonville that was about to “blossom.”
I think it’s safe to say most Philly fans and now reporters will root for the Bulls, if Babin ever does run with them.
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