Darius Slay and Steven Nelson Rip Eagles Fans for Being Too Critical

On a recent podcast, Darius Slay and Steven Nelson discussed how difficult it can be to play for the overly critical Philadelphia Eagles fan base.

Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay was a guest on the Corner Suite podcast hosted by his ex-Philadelphia Eagles teammate Steven Nelson. The former teammates recounted their personal experience playing home games in front of a fan base that doesn’t hold anything back.

Darius Slay, Steven Nelson Discuss How Hard It Is To Play in Front of Eagles Fans

On the Corner Suite podcast, Nelson, who was a starter on the team in 2021, made it clear just how uncomfortable he was with Philadelphia fans.

Nelson was on an Eagles team that won nine games in 2021 after coming off of a 4-11-1 2020 season. The former Steeler picked off a single pass in 16 starts while recording 50 tackles.

“I learned quick, I said, ‘I gotta get out of here,'” Nelson said. “It’s not good for my mental health; I’m stressed out … They gonna sit in the back of the bench, and they own your a** — ‘He’s terrible. What the f*** is he doing.’ You gotta hear that every play, even if you make a good play. It got to the point where I’m playing against the fans, I ain’t even focused.”

Slay agreed with Nelson’s remarks about Philadelphia being a difficult place to play because of the fans.

“If we’re losing at halftime, and we go in, ‘Boooo,'” Slay said. “The whole stadium. It gets to the point where we got our fans booing the OC — ‘Run the ball!’ I’m talking about the whole stadium. If they run the ball, it could be a negative play, but they’ll cheer for it … I’m not gonna lie, these are probably the only fans that have gotten to me before.”

Both Nelson and Slay later followed up with their remarks on X (formerly Twitter) after receiving some negativity from fans.

“Idk where the negativity coming from I love an appreciate all fans of the sport especially from the 2 cities I played in. I will never have nothing negative to say about Detroit or Philly. The only thing negative I could say is both cities get to damn cold for me Love yal” Slay posted.

He also quoted a post from a fan who said the following:

“Nothing he said was wrong, nor was it bad talking about fans. It’s him talking about his experience and yet he chooses to stay. That’s why we rock with you.”

“Facts lol idk how fans find something negative out of this an I love Philly!” Slay responded.

Nelson also made a post addressing his comments and clearing the air.

“I just told yall everybody not built to play in Philly and im not one of them lol no bad blood great sports town this is no negativity towards Philly im just sharing what everyone already knows lol hard place to play in simple,” he posted on X.

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Nelson last played for the Houston Texans, winning a playoff game last season behind rookie head coach DeMeco Ryans and Offensive Rookie of the Year C.J. Stroud. After two years in Houston, Nelson is set to be a free agent.

Slay, on the other hand, will be entering his fifth season in Philadelphia in 2024, coming off a disappointing season in which the Eagles finished 1-6 in their last seven regular-season games that ended with a 32-9 playoff loss in Tampa, Fla.

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