The beauty of social media is that it connects the world like nothing else has over the course of human history.

The bad part of social media is that it connects the world like nothing else has over the course of human history.

Both statements are true, and Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy knows that. More recently, however, he’s experienced the latter part of the results of social media due to his team’s 34-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

McCoy told us he wasn’t going to hold anything back this year, so when asked about whether or not he reads things from fans on social media, the clip above was the first part of his response.

McCoy said that he understands that fans have a right to be disappointed in their team’s performance, but said that there’s never a place for the kind of disrespectful things he’s seen be hurled at him and his teammates.

McCoy even went on to say that he doesn’t care when fans come at him. He noted that he’s been disrespected since he got to Tampa by some who will always be his critics. But, when fans go after his teammates, he gets upset.

McCoy made a point to note that sometimes the same fans that beg for their autographs are the ones who will curse their names when it’s no longer convenient for them – that’s what he can’t stand. He knows that fans have every right to feel how they want to feel, but said that fans either need to be for the good of the team or not. They can be disappointed and want the team to do better, but the disrespect and the names that they are called have no place.

He’s right.

The Bucs deserved their criticism from their game on Sunday, their head coach was the first one to say and admit that, but McCoy said the disrespect is what he cannot stand.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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MudManVA
MudManVA
4 years ago

Amen, hate Rambo emails or tweets. By the way that dude played his A__ off Sunday even with one leg.

Gary
Gary
Reply to  MudManVA
4 years ago

Disrespectful fans need to keep their thoughts to themselves. Okay, I do agree it was a bad game for us. It happens. The flu bug took its toll and I am sure some players weren’t at 100% either. My hats off to the team, especially for McCoy for showing leadership. He was hurting, but wanted back in the game. I saw our players get beat up, but I also saw no quit.
Thank you. I have been a Buc’s fan from the beginning and always will be.

Wausa
Wausa
4 years ago

I completely disagree with Gerald.
There are a lot of nuts out there and it is not in his or the teams best interest to worry about those on the fringe.

The defense played awful against a back up QB. Gerald and the rest of the defense needs to worry about playing substantially better going forward or this is going to be a long season for him and the Bucs.

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  Wausa
4 years ago

Wausa, it was pretty much a back up defense playing a back up QB. Your gonna look awful when half your starting defense is either hurt or sick.

dfk68
dfk68
4 years ago

Social media and internet tough guys, ugh!

As a frustrated fan, I think some blame falls on the media. Either you guys are being duped or you’re sugar coating the truth. Last year there were rave reports about Mike Smith’s multiple front attacking defense. So when the vanilla pudding took to the field and couldn’t stop anything, we the fans were thinking WTF? This year it’s the 12 formation match up nightmare and too many weapons. The vikings are a good defense but they handled the Bucs like a dog with a chew toy.

dfk68
dfk68
Reply to  dfk68
4 years ago

I don’t mean the media is responsible for disrespectful fans, that’s on them individually. I’m saying the frustration is higher when unrealistic expectations meet cold reality. Those expectations are fueled by the media. It could be worse, we could be Dolphins fans.

4girls
4girls
4 years ago

100% agree. So many people jump on the social media bitchmobile. Calling VH3 a bust after 18 games. Demanding Licht be fired over the Aguayo pick. The rest of the season is done because we’re 1-1 with injuries. How many of these same people would accept being fired after a bad day? Even professionals have bad days and get their ass kicked just like the rest of us. You don’t have to like it. But, lose the disrespect and move on.

XpfcWintergreen
XpfcWintergreen
4 years ago

If I understand what Gerald is saying correctly I think he is calling out those “fans” who get personal and nasty. I don’t think he is just responding to criticism of how the guys played this game or that game. I have noted over time here and elsewhere that SOME few fans are what might be called FINOs, that is, “Fans In Name Only!”. I know well that “fan” is short for fanatic. Being a fan does not grant a right to exceed certain generally accepted propriety or to forgo the use of just plain old common sense. A person… Read more »

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  XpfcWintergreen
4 years ago

Is there something specific Gerald is referencing here? It seems like something new happened after this game. I hope he’s not upset that I said VHIII played like a 6th round rookie, or that Conte made VHIII look like a probowler. If those are “personal” and “nasty” I’m not sure I can dial-it back much more after such a performance…

Can someone quote (without the colorful language) the tweet/facebook/instagram he’s referencing?

inspecto
inspecto
Reply to  EastEndBoy
4 years ago

EEboy , no it was not what you said, it was the aspwipes who said things not about football

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  inspecto
4 years ago

thanks for the info

chetthevette
chetthevette
4 years ago

Man o Man, I love me some McCoy. Plays his ass off and doesn’t get near enough credit for his efforts. BUT, after most of the NFL players standing as one when some dirt bag tries to stifle their 1st amendment right and calls them S.O.B.’s, he complains when some fan decides to malign him or other players after a dismal football performance is quite ironic. I say shout it out, if looks wrong to you scream it out. Entertainers need to have a thick skin and roll with the punches, and yes athletes are entertainers. I believe I could… Read more »

Buc-n-Philly Fan
Buc-n-Philly Fan
4 years ago

First, as a 47 year old Bucs fan I am struggling with the NFL in general with regards to the choice of how to demonstrate. I agree with the right to protest. I do not agree with the methodology. I am so disenchanted with the entirety of the NFL and the Players for the way they are choosing to handle this that I am contemplating foregoing football altogether and my heart really hurts with that thought. I was at the game in Minn. It was very tough on a number of levels. With that said, I am soooo impressed with… Read more »