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Eddie Lacy Opens Up About Fat Shaming and Dealing with Twitter Trolls (TWEETS)
Ever since Packers coach Mike McCarthy publicly demanded that Eddie Lacy lose weight or face reduced playing time, the 27-year-old Louisiana native has been hounded by Twitter trolls who take every opportunity to throw fat jokes in his face. Now, for the first time, Lacy has opened up about his uncomfortable public struggle to stay fit.
In an interview that will appear in the October 2 issue of ESPN the Magazine, Lacy talks for the first time about what it feels like to have everyone on Twitter comment on every pound gained or lost. And, guess what? Turns out is sucks.
“I could pull up my Twitter right now and there would be a fat comment in there somewhere,” Lacy tells ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg. “Like I could tweet, ‘Today is a beautiful day!’ and someone would be like, ‘Oh yeah? You fat.’ I sit there and wonder: ‘What do you get out of that?’”
“You just can’t shake it,” Lacy continues. “And no matter what, you can’t say nothing back to them. You just have to read it, get mad or however it makes you feel, and move on. I could be 225 and they’d still be like, ‘You’re still a fat piece of sh*t.’”
2 days until Eddie Lacy comes back to play the @packers and prove he’s still too fat to be good.
— Alex Lemley (@APLemley) September 8, 2017
Eddie Lacy still fat and useless. Not touching him in fantasy football this year.
— Travis Mortagne (@Tmortagne24) August 26, 2017
Not gonna feel bad for Eddie Lacy for being a fat ass lmao
— Trap (@TrapAHolic__) September 20, 2017
When Lacy signed with Seattle in the offseason, his one-year deal contained numerous weight-based incentives. Every time he reaches a new goal he earned $55,000. But he assumed the weigh-ins would be kept private. Instead, the results go public within 20 minutes. Even his own agents tweet about it.
“I hate that it has to be public,” Lacy laments. “Because it’s like, if you don’t make it, what happens? Clearly you don’t get the money, but whatever. I don’t really care about that. It’s just more the negative things that are going to come.”
Click here to read Van Valkenburg’s profile of Eddie Lacy. If you don’t feel for Lacy afterward, have someone check your pulse.