After the Minnesota Vikings lost their first game of the season, head coach Mike Zimmer was visibly upset.
However, odd reports came out about some of his motivational techniques. It was reported that he slit the throats on some stuffed animals and put red paint on them. He denied that happened in his press conference today.
“I want to set the record straight on an erroneous report that I feel like attacked my character and my reputation,” Zimmer said to the media before reading a stack of headlines he’d printed out about the story, via ESPN’s Ben Goessling. “Actually, the stuffed animals I did have here were given to charity, to Toys for Tots. It just kind of goes to show you that when one thing gets out there – and it was updated correctly, that I had nothing to do with it – but unfortunately, the headlines still keep coming out, and it bothers me.”
After the bye week, Zimmer put the stuffed animals in the locker room to remind the players not to become “fat cats.” The destroyed toys were found later.
After their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Zimmer went off calling his players soft, and his offensive line a sieve.