Commanders fans crash Brian Robinson interview with chants aimed at Dan Snyder
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Commanders won one of the ugliest football games you’ll watch this season Thursday night against the Chicago Bears. Though unwatchable for impartial fans, the game had a storybook ending in that Brian Robinson scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
It marked the first touchdown of Robinson’s career; less than 50 days after the talented running back was hospitalized with gunshot wounds following an attempted robbery or carjacking in Washington, D.C during the preseason.
Truth be told, the stage was set for Robinson to play hero hours before the game, when it was reported he’d get the start over Antonio Gibson.
In fairness, Gibson really sparked the offense with some tough runs in the second half. But Thursday proved Robinson has already reclaimed a stranglehold on the backfield, which was expected to happen before the incident.
As the de facto start of the game, Robinson was invited on Amazon’s postgame show for a live interview. At a loss for words and humbled after scoring the game-winning touchdown touchdown following his road to recovery, the interview was enough to bring a tear to your eye.
Unfortunately, though, the moment was overshadowed by disgruntled Commanders fans, who broke out with a familiar chant aimed at Dan Snyder.
Commanders fans crash Brian Robinson postgame interview with “sell the team” chants aimed at Dan Snyder.
On one hand, it’s great to see the Commanders represented in the Windy City and you totally understand the chants and the fans’ anger. Of course, they come after ESPN’s explosive report on Snyder that claimed the under siege owner has gathered dirt on fellow owners and commissioner Roger Goodell.
A bold move given Snyder is currently the subject of investigations into the franchise’s toxic workplace culture. Snyder’s latest allegations include sexual harassment and misconduct, failing to report ticket revenue and suppressing refundable deposits from season-ticket holders.
So, yes, the chants were absolutely warranted, especially after Amazon play-by-play man Al Michaels addressed the report on the live broadcast saying, “I think what the league would love is for Snyder to sell the team.”
It just would’ve been awesome if Robinson got to enjoy this moment without his interview being drowned out by “sell the team” chants. Amazon did well to mitigate the noise, but this angle proves just how boisterous fans were.
Robinson even had to answer a question about the chants. As expected, the budding rookie handled it like a professional.
That answer just speaks to Robinson’s character. It’s a shame his signature moment got blanketed. After all, he notched the game-winning touchdown and ripped off some big runs down the stretch that helped Washington milk the clock.
Those seconds proved imperative, too, as the Bears marched into the red zone with a chance to win the game in the final minute.
The Commanders’ backfield is officially Robinson’s to lose, as the Alabama product played 47% of the snaps (27 of 57) compared to JD McKissic’s 30% (17 of 57) and Gibson’s 26% (15).
You can’t even blame the fans as Amazon’s postgame set represented the best (and only) platform for them to convey their feelings for Snyder.