In this politically correct world of ours, you better be careful what you say at all times. Especially when you're a professional athlete and you have a microphone in front of you. Is it fair? Probably not.
The latest to get the politically incorrect beat down is Chad Greenway, who received a lot of criticism for a little joking around with the media.
"Yeah, I would say morning drinking," Greenway told the Star Tribune earlier in the week, as the Vikings will take on the Bears at noon locally. "Why not? You could pull an all-nighter. Then you'd have the drunk, tired guys who will really be obnoxious."
Then came the outrage. How could he? You can't say that! OMG!
If a player said that in the 60's, he'd get a big laugh and receive a pat on the back. But, oh no, it's 2012, and it's the era of outrage and the PC police are watching.
"Obviously, I could have used some more responsible words," Greenway told WMVP-AM Chicago on Thursday, via ESPNChicago.com. "I think the people that know me, the beat writers included, know that I said that sort of tongue-in-cheek."
"I played football at the University of Iowa, and all I knew was that they started drinking at about 5 o'clock at those games for tailgating, so I thought it would be OK to say it," Greenway said. "Obviously I just went a little far."