Justin Fields Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields created controversy following the offense’s putrid performance in a loss to their NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packers.

After the game, Fields claimed he didn’t care what fans thought about the performance since they didn’t put the work in like the players, the only group Fields cared about.

“Yeah. [The loss] hurts more in the locker room than the Bears fans,” Fields said. “At the end of the day, they aren’t putting in any work. I see the guys in the locker room every day. I see how much work they put in. Coming out of a disappointing loss like this, it hurts.”

The comments understandably infuriated Bears fans, many of whom had paid hard-earned to travel to Wisconsin to watch their team lose.

Fields clarified his opinion on fans during his weekly media availability.

“Yeah, I was mad after the game. I’d like to address this now to get everything cleared up,” Fields said, according to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.

Here is Fields’ full explanation:

“There was a thing I said on Sunday after the game where I said the fans don’t put in work. First off, I was frustrated after the game. Number one, I didn’t want to talk to you guys. I wasn’t in the mood to come and talk to you guys. So, I should’ve done a better job of explaining what I meant by that.

“What I meant by that is I’m talking about work regarding the game on Sunday, winning the game. I don’t know any fans. I don’t know what they’re doing in their personal lives. I respect every fan that we have. I’m glad that we have fans. I would never disrespect anybody on what they do or what they love to do. It came off like that. Some social media outlets, they quoted my quote and they got a big buzz out of it. So, of course they did a great job doing that. Of course social media is going to do that. But I just wanted to clear that up.”

Fields will get a chance to atone for his gaffe Sunday when the Bears host the Houston Texans.

[ESPN]