Bears fans bash Cody Parkey over ‘TODAY’ show appearance
Embattled Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey made an appearance on Friday’s edition of NBC’s “TODAY,” and the team’s fans still harboring bitterness over his (tipped) miss during last weekend’s wild-card loss are fuming over the interview.
Parkey sat down with Craig Melvin, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie and cut open a vein about what he’s been going through since Sunday’s ill-fated potential game-winning kick at the end of regulation which sent the Bears to a 16-15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I haven’t been on social media or anything like that.” –@ChicagoBears kicker @CParkey36 pic.twitter.com/x8TIgsf1Xo— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 11, 2019
“I didn’t know it was tipped or anything,” Parkey said. “I saw it hit the upright and the crossbar and said, ‘Surely it will go in.’ Unfortunately, it bounced towards me.
“… I’m disappointed that I let the fans, my teammates and the whole organization down. I’ll continue to keep my head held high because football is what I do, it’s not who I am.”
As alluded to by Parkey, the NFL officially changed Parkey’s miss to a block, but that has been of little comfort to devastated Bears fans, who took to Twitter to bash Parkey over his comments during Friday’s interview.
I’m not ready for Parkey on the Today Show. Bears lost for a million reasons but he still missed a kick, something he did all season long. We don’t need the redemption tour in the same damn week.— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) January 11, 2019
All for Cody Parkey moving on with his life but I’d be pretty pissed about him going on national tv to be a feel-good story 5 days later if I was a teammate. Whole thing is weird as hell.— Nick Shepkowski (@Shep670) January 11, 2019
Don’t love Parkey going on national tv to get people to feel sorry for him. Yes, the Bears offense was bad, Nagy was bad, and the defense didn’t come up with a stop. Still, make the kick and none of this is an issue. Oh, and maybe wait like a month b4 going on a feel good tour. https://t.co/FDQJfRDc4I— Nick Petro (@PetroTLS) January 11, 2019
There is no element of Cody Parkey’s personhood I’m interested in other than his field goal kicking acumen.— Charlie J. Johnson (@Charliemagne) January 11, 2019
To say it’s been a tough few days for Parkey would be an understatement. Not only will the 26-year-old placekicker be forever associated with “double doink,” the term introduced into the NFL vernacular by NBC’s Cris Collinsworth, he has been subjected to endless mock and ridicule since his tipped kick clanked off the upright and crossbar.
Some Bears fans even took to digitally altering video and audio of the play to make it appear like Parkey converted the kick.
More troubling, though, is how Parkey has been targeted with death threats on Twitter and the like, although he has not been monitoring such activity.
“I haven’t been on social media or anything like that,” Parkey said on NBC’s morning show.
All things considered, it goes without saying that’s probably a good thing.