Mike Kafka New York Giants offensive tackle Evan Neal (73) stretches next to his helmet before of a regular season NFL football matchup Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union] Jki 102322 Giants Jags Cp 13

New York Giants right tackle Evan Neal will learn an important lesson this week.

He’ll learn it’s a very bad idea to ridicule fans — the people who pay his salary — as “sheep” who “flip hamburgers” somewhere.

That’s exactly what Neal said Wednesday when asked about what transpired Monday night at MetLife Stadium. The Giants got hammered by the Seattle Seahawks, 24-3. The offensive line gave up 10 sacks on quarterback Daniel Jones, and fans booed the home team.

Neal, the No. 7 overall pick in 2022, heard the boos, and as the team headed to the locker room at halftime, he egged the fans on, raising his arm to the crowd.

“They were booing us, so I said, ‘Boo louder!’” Neal told NJ Advance Media Wednesday.

If Neal had stopped there, he might have been OK. Unfortunately, he did not stop there. He said he doesn’t care what fans think, and not in a nice way.

“Why would a lion concern himself with the opinion of a sheep?” Neal said (via NJ.com). “The person that’s commenting on my performance, what does he do? Flip hot dogs and hamburgers somewhere?”

Neal kept going.

“And how can you say you’re really a fan when we’re out there battling our ***** off — and the game wasn’t going well — but the best you can do is boo your home team? So how much of a fan are you, really?” he said.

Neal said he doesn’t care what the fans say about him or the team.

“I’m just going to focus on Evan — and getting better,” he said. “I honestly do not care what anybody has to say about Evan Neal, because they’re going to talk anyway.”

Many Giants fans are already calling Neal a bust. His outburst Wednesday is not going to help matters, if the reaction on social media is any indication.


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