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How Domonic Brown trolled Phillies fans on the Internet

Oct 20, 2013, 11:28 PM EDT

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Domonic Brown plays in Philadelphia, home to what many in the media — and many athletes who have played there — say are the harshest fans in sports. Brown knows this first-hand as a once-heralded top prospect who turned into a near-bust. His defensive miscues in the outfield and a perceived lackadaisical nature have already turned some Phillies fans against him.

He was on the receiving end of some particularly nasty messages on the Internet today when he cheered for the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles’ bitter NFC East rival who beat them 17-3 at Lincoln Financial Field this afternoon. Brown posted this Tweet with the picture, also posted to his Instagram earlier:

A smattering of some of the accepting responses he received:

If Brown checks his Twitter at all, he would have seen the hate pouring in. So his next tweet was either naive or a deliberate attempt at trolling. I’m going with the latter.

Domonic Brown, doing the Lord’s work by trolling the Philly Twitter and Instagram.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Well done sir, well done. I have to say that I’ve never seen a player take a fastball between the eyes, though. That guy probably shouldn’t hold his breath.

  2. migoli - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    So brown has to be a zombie philly sports fan because he’s a phillie?!? Between this and the prince story for earlier i truly hate probably 60% of fans of any sport,

    • 18thstreet - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      I agree. Except that Brown shouldn’t be this stupid. I believe Tom Brady is (or used to be) a Yankee fan — he’s smart enough to lie about it now.

  3. pinkfloydprism - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    It is like Tom Brady wearing a Yankees cap… who cares? These players do not grow up in the cities they now play for. Fans are idiots… especially in Philly.

    • kruegere - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:13 AM

      Dom Brown is from FL…but nothing to cheer for down there anyway.

      • kruegere - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:13 AM


    • jlovenotjlo - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:11 AM

      I conceptually agree with you, however, fans pay the salaries. Respect your fans, because that is the only reason the sport you currently play exists in a way that can reward you money.

      • dan1111 - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:24 AM

        Players need to respect the fans when it comes to their job, but they don’t have to live their non-baseball lives according to the wishes of fans. If Brown wants to root for the Cowboys, he should. If a few morons are not able to keep sports team rivalries in perspective, that speaks poorly of them only. Certainly the majority of fans aren’t going to judge his baseball career on this.

      • tridecagon - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        If the fans’ idea of “respect” is that you have to root for all the same teams they root for, in any sport, then the fans are idiots.

        They are the idiots that pay your salary, sure, but they’re still idiots.

  4. chrisernst82 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    I remember Kap wearin a Dolphins hat I thought 49ers fans were gonna lose it.

    Never understood this kinda stuff, all I want out of players on my team is to play hard, support their team, and be a good person off the field. Everything else is irrelevant its called personal life for a reason.

    If I were a Philly fan id be happy to have him. The past is the past and his future is bright. That team could use all the help they can get. Otherwise these douchebag fans are gonna probably be making themselves look bad all next year.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      I’m a Niners fan and that didn’t really bother me. I can see why some were more upset though, seeing as the Dolphins play the same sport as the 49ers. At least the Cowboys are in a different sport than the Phillies.

      I remember a few years ago when LeBron James still played for the Cavs, he wore Yankees stuff to an Indians game and it caused an uproar.

      But yeah, these guys are humans and many of them didn’t even grow up in the cities they play in.

      • MLBlogsbig3bosox - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:24 AM

        Well, in Lebron’s case, dude is from Ohio.. so there’s that.

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Definitely a fair point, and Kaepernick is from the Central Valley as well.

  5. xmatt0926x - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Knucklehead fans who need more meaning to their lives and a knucklehead athlete shallow enough to actually think to intentionally troll the fans of the city he plays in. I don’t know. I see both sides as infantile losers.

    • dan1111 - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:28 AM

      What evidence is there that Brown did this to troll fans? Maybe he was just having a good time going to a football game.

  6. chew1985 - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    I’ve always thought of Brown as Richie Allen-like. It seems the fans are looking for reasons to not like him. He just gave him another one.

    • cohnjusack - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Me think someone is gravely underestimating the collective hatred of Dick Allen by fans and teammates. Please, let’s not besmirch Allen’s unrivaled son-of-a-bitchness by comparing a guy who fought with teammates, showed up late to games after being the bar, missed a game because he was at the horse track and once wrote the date that he was going to leave the Phillies in the dirt while waiting in the on-deck circle to a guy who likes the Cowboys.

  7. bleedgreen - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    I’m not saying he has to love the Eagles. He can like whoever he wants. But why would you INVITE criticism? Its counterproductive. You’re in Philly, you’re paid by Philly fans, why would you publicly support one of their biggest rivals?

  8. trabbit55 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    I’m a diehard Eagles fan. I am also a diehard Philies fan.
    I hate the Cowboys.
    I think it’s totally alright for someone who didn’t grow up in the Delaware Valley to root for teams from another city in another sport. You want to be a bandwagoner Cowboys fan from Florida, Dom? Go for it, and enjoy yourself.
    That being said, he’s deliberately drawing ire with this. It is a dumb move. The Phillies pay your salary. The Phillies get their money from Phillies fans. Most of which are also Eagles fans. Who despise the Cowboys. So on a day when the Eagles season goes off the rails, against Dallas no less, you decide to post a picture of yourself celebrating with Cowboys fans? Just an absolutely clueless move.
    How dumb do you have to be? Go ahead and love Dallas, just don’t rub it in your fanbase’s face. Every negative comment has been brought on by you, and you alone- you want to be a huge Cowboys fan in Philly, deal with the consequences just like everyone else.
    More importantly, stay healthy and get ready for spring 2014.

    • trailbuddy - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      How ’bout them Cowboys!

      • thebadguyswon - Oct 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        Them Cowboys kicked some Iggle ass yesterday! Go Dom Brown!!

  9. bbk1000 - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Hank Chinaski?? There is no way someone from Philly reads Bukowski…

  10. trailbuddy - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Philly football fans are some of the worst fans in sports anyway. They attack the other team with battery packed snow balls. They cheer when a player on the other team suffers a career ending injury.

    • bleedgreen - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      You’re right. No team in any other city has EVER had fans attacked. *cough*SF-Oak*cough* or *cough*SF-LAD*cough*

      • trailbuddy - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:20 PM

        I didn’t say anything about fans being attacked. I’m talking about when the Philly fans attacked the Cowboys players and coaches with battery packed snowballs during the game.

    • schreinco - Oct 21, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      That is perfect. It is nice to see that people are combining stories now. They were throwing those at J. D. Claus.

      Maybe that battery laced snowball was being thrown at Michael Irvin when he went down at the Vet while McNabb was getting booed and tasered at the draft . That would cover 5 Philly fan stories!

      • trailbuddy - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        I didn’t combine stories. I mentioned two separate instances in two different sentences.

  11. leerosenthall - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Is that Mike Adams in the background of the original photo? Isn’t he from Texas? Maybe Dom was just attending a football game and rooting for his favorite team?

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