Amidst Evan Neal’s Repeated Blocking Errors Irk Giants Fans, Shannon Sharpe Concedes, “Chased a Ghost”

Published 10/09/2023, 7:45 AM EDT

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Evan Neal, the New York Giants’ right tackle, finds himself in the hot seat once again after another disappointing performance. The young player’s recent struggles have not gone unnoticed by the man himself, Shannon Sharpe. The commentators have also made comments to the player by stating the ghost-chasing remark.

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In the Giants’ disheartening 24-3 loss to the Seahawks on Monday Night Football, Neal’s performance was far from stellar. The game saw the Giants surrender a franchise-record 11 sacks, a statistic that left fans in the stands furious. The frustration from the crowd reached a boiling point, with boos cascading down on Neal.

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Neal’s outburst did not sit well with many, and the backlash was swift. However, amidst the controversy, former NFL tight end and sports commentator Shannon Sharpe offered an intriguing perspective. Sharpe conceded that Neal’s struggles were undeniable, and said, “Backer didn’t come tho. So he chased a ghost in football terms,” sending people after the connotation.

The term “chasing a ghost” in football refers to a player becoming overly preoccupied with potential threats, which can lead to mistakes on the field. In essence, the player starts reacting to imagined dangers that never materialize.

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It’s a mental battle that can affect even the most talented athletes, and it’s possible that Neal might be wrestling with these psychological demons. Keeping aside the mental battle that led to the blunder mistake, fans went after his foul and expressed themselves on social media.

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The first row of critiques came in from Shannon Sharpe, taking it to X(formerly Twitter). He took a dig at Evan Neal wondering why he is being booed by the fans. Soon after Sharpe’s post, one user retweeted it with his explanation on the whole matter. In an unexpected turn of events, Evan Neal chose not to turn a deaf ear to the displeasure of the fans. Instead, he embraced it, even going so far as to encourage them to boo louder.

Soon after the booing incident, Neal apologized on X (formerly Twitter) later Wednesday evening. “I am wrong for lashing out at the fans who are just as passionate and frustrated as I am,” Neal wrote. “I let my frustrations in my play + desire to win get the best of me. I had no right to make light of anyone’s job and I deeply regret the things I said.” Putting the screenshot of his note, he added, “We are working day in and day out to grow as a team and this was an unnecessary distraction. I apologize,” he added.

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As we watch Evan Neal navigate this challenging period in his career, it’s crucial to remember that athletes, like everyone else, have their ups and downs. While his struggles are evident, the question of whether he can bounce back and fulfill his potential remains unanswered. Sharpe’s insights remind us there may be more to this story than meets the eye.

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Nitish Kumar Singh

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Nitish is a US sports writer at EssentiallySports. As a staunch fitness enthusiast, his passion for sports runs deep. Nitish started off with ES by covering track and field and basketball.
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