Don't talk to Giovani Bernard about your fantasy football team. The second-year Bengals running back doesn't want anything to do with the popular game that's taken the NFL by storm, and caused some fans to look at players more like video game characters than actual people.
In an interview with Michael Schottey of the Bleacher Report, Gio expressed why he doesn't like fantasy football:
Saying that he "hates" fantasy football, Bernard elaborated, "It's more so that people take it to a point where it's almost bashing the players rather than just saying that this player couldn't do much. It's my second year. Last year, I was a bit of an underdog, but this year, people are expecting [me] to do good. It's not that I don't want to do good—I do—but people take it to a different realm.
"I wouldn't say that it's upsetting, but it's disrespectful to the game."
It's completely fair for NFL players to not like it, as its caused fans to criticize players more when they don't do good for their fantasy team. It's a fun game with nothing wrong with it at its core, but it's those fans who overreact and take it too far that ruin it for others.