Left tackle Matt Kalil spoke with reporters this afternoon, a day after he declined to speak with the media on his way out of the locker room following the 24-21 loss to the Packers and then got into an altercation with a fan as he exited TCF Bank Stadium.
Kalil opened with a statement in which he apologized to the media for not talking yesterday.
“The whole incident yesterday with the media thing and the fan, obviously a lot of frustration losing a game like that and losing [right tackle] Phil [Loadholt] in the game to injury and stuff like that,” he said. “Obviously I was a little upset. But hopefully you guys didn’t take anything personally. It was just one of those days, so I apologize for that.”
Kalil, however, did not apologize to the fan he got into the altercation with outside the stadium.
The fan was Rhett Wade, a 25-year-old Eagan resident. On Twitter, Wade wrote that he asked Kalil, “Where do you want to be traded?” He also told Kalil that he would rather have Kalil’s brother, Ryan, a center for the Panthers, instead of Kalil on the Vikings.
“Just talking. He’s just a fan, so. Not a big deal,” Kalil said today when asked what the fan said to him. “He just caught me when I had a short fuse that day,” Kalil said, later adding, “It’s not like I dog-cussed the guy out or anything like that.”
Kalil did, however, walk over to Wade and knock the hat off his head before leaving the scene.
Kalil said he was frustrated with the way he played against the Packers. He was called for three penalties for 35 yards. He did not allow a sack, though, according to Pro Football Focus.
But while Kalil said five times that he didn’t think the incident with the fan was “a big deal,” he did say that he should have just shrugged the fan off and that he hopes to learn from the incident.
“It was one of those things when I walked away, ‘You know, what am I doing? That guy is not really worth my time,’” Kalil said. “Obviously I’ll learn from that and won’t let them get the best of me.”
It is possible that Kalil could be fined by the league for the incident.