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Kyle Van Noy rips Patriots fans for booing, calls it ‘disrespectful’

Mouths dropped across the NFL world on Sunday when New England Patriots fans booed the team at halftime during a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Count some members of the team among those left taken aback by the fan reaction, as Patriots linebacker Keith Van Noy actually called out the team’s fans for their behavior.

“Too much booing for me,” Van Noy told Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston. “I thought it was disrespectful.” 

The Patriots were trailing 20-7 at halftime when the boo birds came out in a game the team ultimately lost 23-16. Patriots fans arguably had every right to be frustrated, especially in light of how the team has not been playing up to its lofty standards in recent weeks, but Van Noy still believes the booing crossed a line, while also pointing out it’s harder on the players.

“Obviously it sucks when it doesn’t go the way we want, but know that we’re all trying,” Van Noy said. “We’re trying to put the best product on the field. We’re not trying to disappoint anyone. Just imagine as a fan or a media person that our feelings are probably 100 times more. Our livelihoods are on the line and we want to win.”

It merits noting that Van Noy’s take on fans booing stands somewhat in contrast to what Tom Brady had to say about Patriots Nation’s chilly reaction to the team’s poor showing at home.

“They have every right to boo when we’re not playing the way that we’re capable,” Brady said earlier this week.

Many have chalked up the Patriots fans’ unfavorable response to what was happening on the field as exhibiting nothing more than an unflattering sense of entitlement. After all, the Patriots have enjoyed unparalleled success throughout the Brady-Belichick era.

That said, the Patriots’ ongoing struggles on offense have become a troubling narrative for the team this season. Whether or not Patriots fans should feel justified in booing is one thing. The way the Patriots offense is performing is an entirely different story, not to mention a source of concern.