Bobby Hart has not done much on the field to win over Bengals fans. His social media off the field has made things much worse.
A slew of controversial Instagram posts has alienated Hart from a fanbase that collectively already wanted him out of the starting right tackle spot.
ESPN’s Ben Baby asked Hart about his social media presence, and the offensive lineman offered a response.
“I don’t mean to offend nobody,” said Hart. “I don’t discriminate against nobody. I know that everyone thinks differently and I know that I have a platform that sometimes people can see things and take it a certain way and I’m definitely aware of that. As you mature and grow I talked to the players, coaches, and things like that.
“I don’t discriminate or feel no type of way about nobody. I treat everybody the same. Just because you have different thoughts and different beliefs, that don’t mean anything. I feel like that’s one the most beautiful things about his world, about this team, about places. People come from different backgrounds and have different beliefs can come together and come to common goals and achievements.”
I asked Bengals RT Bobby Hart about Instagram posts throughout the offseason that were offensive to fans, others. Here's the bulk of his repsonse: pic.twitter.com/mxId2KGwSm— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) September 10, 2020
Hart’s justification for his posts is simply that he has different beliefs than most other people. In his mind, he’s not wrong, he just thinks differently.
Ultimately, he’s just trying to win football games, and even though he has philosophical disagreements with many teammates and fans.
Whether you agree with this response or not, this is what Hart believes. To him, this is justification for the things that he says.