Michael Johnson stands by comments telling fans to 'leave'

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Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) reacts during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


You’d have thought after the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Cleveland Browns 41-20 on Sunday, players would have been a fairly good mood during postgame interviews, but a course of boos from the fans during the first quarter irked several players to the point it was brought up after the contest.

Bengals’ defensive end Michael Johnson defended quarterback Andy Dalton while also telling fans that are booing and are acting negative towards to the team should “leave.”

On Monday, he made sure to let people know he’s standing by those comments:

“I was asked a question and I tried to answer it truthfully from the heart,” Johnson told ESPN.com’s Coley Harvey inside the Bengals’ locker room. “Anybody who knows me knows that it’s genuine. We’re here to win; we want to win. Just as bad as it pains people watching the game when we don’t do well, it hurts us 10 times more.

It just goes back to when you’re kids. Everybody heard that ‘If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say it at all.’ Being at home, I love playing at home. We’re undefeated here this year. I love our fans. And they do a great job of being loud and making it tough on the other team.”

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