There are some hurt feelings in the Montreal Alouettes locker room
Fans of the CFL team chanted “We want Johnny!” throughout the night last Thursday, in reference to recent signing Johnny Manziel, as the Alouettes and starting quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. lost to the Edmonton Eskimos.
Adams, the former Oregon Ducks quarterback, told LaPresse the chants didn’t sit well with him.
“Yes, it hurt me to hear that. I have nothing more to say or to give to the supporters of Montreal. Never again. Their behavior was very disrespectful. It was not like I was playing badly. I do not want them to ask me anything, not even a small piece of equipment,” Adams said. “My performance was not perfect, but I think I played a pretty good game overall.”
Adams, 25, threw for 217 yards and led the team with 72 rushing yards in the 44-23 loss. According to the report, the Montreal fans weren’t bemoaning his performance, they simply wanted to see Manziel, a former NFL first-round pick, on the field.
“I do not care what the situation is. It was a lack of respect and it affected me,” Adams said. “I was still trying to make some field games. But that’s fine, in the future, I’ll treat the fans as they treated me, that’s all.”
Adams later issued an apology Tuesday on Twitter, citing his competitiveness as the reason for his emotional outburst.
To the fans of the Montreal Alouettes:
I am truly sorry for letting my emotions get the best of me in that moment. I’m a competitor, and I responded poorly. I understand y’all wanted to see JM2, & I wish him the best & care most about the Alouettes winning games. Love this Team
— Vernon Adams Jr. (@bigplay_va) July 31, 2018
It seems the Montreal faithful aren’t the only ones itching to get a look at Manziel as Alouettes coach Mike Sherman said Monday: “When we play this game on Friday, we will have two quarterbacks. The one who can best help us win the game will start.”
In case you were wondering… ?
“When we play this game on Friday, we will have two quarterbacks. The one who can best help us win the game will start.” – Coach Sherman to the media after practice on Monday.#AlsMTL #ToujoursGame pic.twitter.com/PmKHQ8iv0w
— #AlsMTL (@MTLAlouettes) July 30, 2018
However, Sherman reiterated a previous comment.
“We didn’t trade for Johnny to have him sit on the bench, so obviously, Johnny’s come over here to get reps and become the best player he can become, and we stated that process today,” Sherman said (per sportsnet.ca). “You probably all figured it out yourself, but when you have two players you wait till game time to make that announcement.
“It doesn’t make sense to do it any sooner.”
Sherman made the move official Tuesday when he confirmed that Manziel would make his first-career CFL start Friday against his former team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.