*Warning: The following post contains graphic language.
WASHINGTON — Terrelle Pryor didn’t leave it all on the field Monday night, instead saving some for heckling fans crowded around the tunnel as the Washington Redskins left the field.
In a graphic video that first appeared on TMZ Sports, Pryor can be seen giving a fan the middle finger, as head strength and conditioning coach Chad Englehart tries to escort him towards the locker room.
The video, which obviously contains explicit material, can be found here.
After the game, Pryor explained that he snapped when fans used racial slurs on him throughout the game:
“Being called a (n-word) several times to the point where an NFL employee had to step to me and stand by me the whole game from 2nd quarter on is the exact reason why guys are kneeling during anthem.
“As I walked in tunnel hearing someone call me a (n-word) and say F you to me … me flicking the person off is more deserving…At some point you keep calling us The N word … we going to start acting up.”
On Thursday, spokesmen for the Kansas City Chiefs and NFL revealed the direction of the investigation, stating that they could not substantiate Pryor’s claims but would keep trying.
“Washington didn’t make our people aware of an incident, the people we have on the sideline didn’t see one before or after the game and as far as we know, no one from the league office was called to his aid during or after the game,” said Ted Crews, the Chiefs’ vice president of communications. “There was no incident or report from the stands.”
The Chiefs are no encouraging fans who might have video footage of that or other altercations to contact the Chiefs.
The NFL’s Joe Lockhart also offered his support.
“We are looking into all aspects of it and will report back when we have concluded that review,” he said. “We have no tolerance for racial remarks directed at anyone in a stadium. Those fans are not welcome to come back this week, next week or anytime.
“I don’t want to get ahead of the review, but our underlying principle is clear.”
Veteran Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson expressed solidarity with Pryor, but told Chiefs beat reporter, Terez Paylor, he had not heard the word used at Arrowhead Stadium before.
“I pray that didn’t happen, but if it did, shame on them,” Johnson said. “I have a lot of respect for our fans, so I would hope that didn’t go on because that’s a bad reflection of what we are at Arrowhead.”