As if leaving Washington D.C. to go to a rival city was not brutal enough, Bryce Harper has doubled down on his insults toward his former home.
In an interview with John Clark for NBC Philadelphia, Harper managed to throw shade at all of D.C.'s sports teams. He indirectly criticized the fandom of D.C. sports fans, completely ignored the championship parade that the Washington Capitals hosted 11 months ago and once again showed that he is invested in Philly in ways that he never was while in the Nation's Capital.
But mainly, his biggest insult was his backhanded comment on the D.C. sports fanbase as a whole.
In speaking on the Philadelphia Eagles parade, which Harper watched "about a million times," he indirectly states that D.C. sports fans don't share the passion of Philly fans.
"That was the cool thing about coming to a city that loved all their sports teams if that's the Flyers, Sixers, Eagles or [Phillies]. It's such a great fanbase for every single team and to have such a young core with every single team that's in this city it's really, really fun."
He's invested in this new chapter of his life and career. Already Harper rang a mock Liberty Bell before a Philadelphia 76ers game, two months after his move to the city. On top of that his new jersey number is the same as one of the most beloved sports figures in Philadelphia's history, Allen Iverson.
The only sports crossover people remember from Harper in his seven years was him actively rooting for the Vegas Golden Knights over the Caps in the Stanley Cup Final and his fandom for the Dallas Cowboys.
Further, in Harper's mind, considering Washington is the only other major sports town he's lived in, he doubles down on the culture of his team and the city as opposed to others.
"That's why I picked Philly. It was a place where I thought that we could come in here as a team and really make a difference in the city, and win and understand what it takes to win and understand how to do it each and every single night."
At this point, it is just becoming salt in the wound or reaffirmation of what many already thought of the outfielder. Take your pick.
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