Mike Zimmer is an intense guy, but he swears he’s not a serial killer. The Minnesota Vikings head coach made sure to set aside time during a press conference on Thursday to clarify that he did not, in fact, slaughter a bunch of stuff animals that were scattered around the Vikings locker room last week.
There were stuffed animals with red paint on them placed around Minnesota’s locker room last week, one had a sign that said “fat cats get slaughtered.” The idea was that the Vikings shouldn’t get too high on themselves since they were 5-0 and coming off a bye. The motivational technique failed, as Minnesota lost to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Zimmer opened his Thursday press conference by denying he did it:
“I want to set the record straight on an erroneous report that I feel like attacked my character and my reputation. 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.”
Zimmer finished by saying, “I do a lot of crazy stuff, but I’ll admit it when I do it.”
When asked what he had been doing with the stuffed animals in the first place, Zimmer said, “You know, I’m done talking about it. Let’s just talk about Chicago.”
The case of who killed those poor stuffed animals remains open.