WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Bryce Harper was spotted, in multiple photos, wearing a Dallas Cowboys cap at the National Zoo over the weekend, and fans of D.C. sports were predictably miffed.
These things tend to not ‘play well’ with fans of the Nationals, Redskins, Capitals and Wizards, and in this instance, played out on social media as follows:
Here’s them setting up the topic.
“Look, I clearly don’t like the fact that Bryce Harper would wear a Cowboy hat,” said Chad Dukes. “But if he’s a Cowboy fan, and he’s on his own time, I don’t know why people would lose their mind.”
“Ah, c’mon, you can do better than that. C’mon,” said Lavar Arrington.
“No, I’m serious,” Dukes said.
“You gotta be aware of what you’re doing,” Arrington said. “You’re a hero and a star in Washington, D.C.”
“Should the man not be able to root for who he wants to root for?” Dukes asked.
“The man should be careful in what he does,” Arrington said. “All I’m saying.”
Lavar and Dukes would go on to take response from callers in the next segment.
“Guys, I don’t like it. I’ll tell you what, that’s our biggest rival. It’s not like it’s the Buccaneers,” said Billy in Chantilly. “What would you say if Dirk Nowitzki was walking around with a Redskins hat in Dallas? I mean, this is ridiculous. We pay his salary. So the next time I go to a Nationals game, I’m sitting down on the third base line for an uber-priced seat, for a product that’s still, eh, undetermined, I’ll remember that. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not rooting for Bryce Harper. He’s a piece of junk in my book.”
“Hey, my thing is, no matter who you play for, you gotta rep that team,” said Hines in Landover. “I mean, if you’re from another team or another city, you know, whatever team you like, man wholeheartedly rep it. You know what I’m sayin’? I’m from D.C., I rep the Cowboys.”
“When you play for a D.C. team, you are an ambassador for that city,” said Amir in Woodbridge. “You don’t see RGIII in a Heat game; you see RGIII in a Wizards shirt high-fiving John Wall. I mean, I understand that, you know, if that’s your team and you want to root for them, root for them in private, not in front of other people. You represent this city. You’re a face of our team. How do you expect people to be a fan of D.C. if our own athletes are not fans of it. It’s that kind of thing.”
Listen to more fan reaction below.