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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There was at least one fan in Philadelphia that left Lincoln Financial Field happy on Sunday, Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown.
Brown, who weeks ago tweeted out a picture of himself wearing a Cowboys jersey and teammate Ben Revere together watching football, riled up some Eagles fans on Sunday when he did the same, but this time from inside the stadium.
Brown is from Florida, but grew up a Cowboys fan, and continues to be one to do this day.
While some laughed off the tweets, others took offense to a player in Philadelphia not only cheering the hated Cowboys, but being so bold about it.
Brown joined 94WIP’s Ike Reese and MIchael Barkann on Wednesday to talk about the mini-controversy.
To start the interview, Barkann asked Brown why he was so brazen about his rooting interests.
“Hold on, hold on, hold on Mike [Barkann]. What do you mean flaunt it? Man, I just took a picture and put it up on my Twitter. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. I mean, I grew up a Cowboys fan. Troy and Darren Hambrick played for the Cowboys in the 90′s and that’s how I grew up liking the team and they’re from my same hometown,” Brown said. “So, I mean I don’t see anything that’s wrong with being a Cowboys fan and posting a picture. It’s not—I wasn’t being disrespectful or anything. I really wasn’t at all, I didn’t say anything afterwards, and—I don’t know. I mean, I know how you guys are, I know how the fans are, which is great. That’s the reason why I love Philly. I know there are going to be some people bad mouthing me, but that’s not the person that I am. I just go out, play my game, play hard as you guys know. That’s really it. I don’t really flaunt or talk trash, that’s not really my style.”
Brown was one of the few bright spots for the Phillies this year, earning an All-Star game invite after one of the hottest months any player in baseball had this year. He tailed off toward the end of the year, but it’s safe to say the Phillies are counting on Brown next season, and not just hoping he’ll produce.
Brown’s play earned him the fans adoration, but he’s no stranger to their ire. Fans, impatient waiting for Brown to produce, had given Brown a hard time once or twice (or more) previously. Brown noted that to one fan who suggested he’ll get booed for being a Cowboys fan. Brown tweeted back that he’s been booed before and he’s not bothered by it.
“[The booeing is] gonna happen no matter what. That’s the Philly culture and I understand that, and what I was saying is was that’s not a big deal at all. I understand that’s the Philly culture and that’s the way we do things. I’m not gonna say him, that’s the way we do things, because I’m a part of the Philly fan base as well. I mean, that’s a part of it man and it’s no big deal at all. I’m not saying anything bad about that or anything. I was just saying that I understand the way things go around Philly and that’s just the way it is,” Brown said. “Like I said, it wasn’t a big deal for me to post the picture because I’m a Cowboys fan like I said. I’m a Cowboys fan and it was no big deal. People post pictures all the time, man that’s the reason why we have social media for people to see exactly what’s going on in our lives. Like I said and you guys know as well, I don’t really post that many pictures on Twitter. I’m not really on Twitter much at all, but if I’m at a game or something like that, then I’m definitely going to post a picture.”
Brown wanted to make it clear that it was his Cowboys pride, and not any hate of Eagles fans, that provoked the tweets.
:Troy and Darren Hambrick grew up in the same town as me, they’re basically like family. I wanna say ’97, ’98, when I started being really a Cowboys fan, when Darren got drafted by them and after that, the guy that took Emmitt [Smith]‘s place was Troy Hambrick. So they grew up in the same town as me and I grew up loving the Cowboys. That’s all it is. I don’t see, I mean, I really don’t see what the big deal is about me liking the Cowboys. It’s really not that serious,” Brown said. “I wasn’t being disrespectful at all, I was posting them team that I grew up liking and that was it. I’m not coming at the fans in any kind of way, trying to start trouble or drama or any of that kind of nonsense. That’s not even my style man, I don’t do things that way, that’s not it. I just posted a picture at the game, had a lot of fun. Like I said, it was a big win for us [the Cowboys], I know the fans don’t wanna hear that either. It was really man. It was man, it was a big win for us, but I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful or anything. I was just posting a picture.”