Vikes’ Mattison says racist vitriol ‘unacceptable’

Kevin Seifert, ESPN Staff WriterSep 15, 2023, 03:09 PM ET

CloseKevin Seifert is a staff writer who covers the Minnesota Vikings and the NFL at ESPN. Kevin has covered the NFL for over 20 years, joining ESPN in 2008. He was previously a beat reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Washington Times. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia. You can follow him via Twitter @SeifertESPN.

Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison said early Friday morning that he received more than 60 “disgustingly disrespectful messages” through his Instagram account, including several that used the N-word and other slurs, after the team’s 34-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mattison, who rushed for 28 yards on eight carries and lost a first-quarter fumble, posted two of the messages on his Instagram story. Both called for him to commit suicide.

“Y’all can come at me all you want about fantasy and ‘you suck’ blah blah blah,” Mattison wrote on Instagram. “I really could care less. But this s— is unacceptable.”

Mattison went on to say that he hopes those who sent the messages reflect on what “you say and how it could truly affect someone. Under my helmet, I am a human, a father, a

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