Second-year Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields learned a tough lesson this week.

After the Bears’ loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, Fields told reporters that it hurts more in the locker room than it does for Chicago fans because they don’t put in any work.

Bears fans, as you can imagine, didn’t take too kindly to that comment from Fields.

So on Wednesday, Fields opened his media session with an apology.

“I respect every fan that we have,” said Fields. “I’m glad that we have fans. I would never disrespect anybody on what they do or what they love to do.”

I’ll be honest — I didn’t have a big problem with what he said after the game. It should hurt more in the locker room. It should hurt badly.

But it also probably wasn’t a wise thing to say. Fans are the reason Fields gets to play the game he loves. And a lot of those fans have been fans for decades. They live and die with the Bears every Sunday.

So while Fields is right that the guys on the field might hurt more, he probably shouldn’t verbalize that next time.

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