Chris Conley makes good points on Twitter after Chiefs loss to Cowboys

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Chris Conley
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Chris Conley /

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver took to Twitter after the team’s recent loss to discuss fans making insults and criticism personal.

Internet commenters are ugly. It’s somewhere in the definition of posting online that people have to be disgusting, rude, personal and to know no limits to any of those things. We should all know better than to listen to the Twitter account that’s just an egg with 2 followers. But we do it anyway. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley recently vented on Twitter after the team’s loss on Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys and it set off quite a discussion.

Conley, who is out for the season after suffering an Achilles injury, began reading the trolls online and responded at first with this.

By itself, that’s not a good tweet. Seriously, it’s horrible judgement to point to the fans and call them out after the team just put up a poor loss in which they were outmatched in every single facet from coaching and special teams to offense and defense. Conley should know better here, but fortunately he also provided some context to his words. And being the sort of well-spoken player he’s been since he first arrived in K.C., those responding to him on Twitter should have known better.

From there, Conley began to roll out an explanation. It’s easy to see the dust settling and the emotions clearing as he continues to post. Check out the following replies to the posts of others.

It’s here that the heart of Conley’s point is clear and he’s completely and totally right. It’s correct to be upset right now. Everyone is upset. In fact, as fans, we should know that we care less than anyone else. Our jobs are not only the line. We didn’t sacrifice our bodies for an ultimate cause that resulted in a loss. We didn’t study, work out and run through drills all week only to be flummoxed at every turn. Yet the staff, the coaches and the players are all dealing with these same emotions, the same letdown that we feel times a vocational variable that none of us can understand.

In the end, Conley’s point is simple: be mad with us, not at us.

Here’s hoping the Chiefs find some health, some light and some real fixes to their problems over the next two weeks or the internet will really be something to avoid.