College Football loyalty runs deep. Real deep. And when your team is having an off year, the fan base will start looking for scapegoats everywhere. Notice how Tennessee Volunteer fans are treating one of their own - Kenny Chesney. Traitor and sellout are two of the words being used to describe him in Vol country these days.
When word got back that the Tennessee native had done such a treasonous act, the fans weren't so happy. It seems that the thought never crossed their minds that Chesney was just trying to put on a good show for the people paying top-dollar to see him.
Such talk began in March after Chesney performed in Gainesville, Fla., the home of the University of Florida Gators. At a concert there, Gator football fans came up on stage and put their team's helmet on Chesney's head.
With the helmet firmly in place, Chesney continued to entertain the crowd, who loved the sight of seeing their favorite country music star wearing the symbol of their pride.
Perhaps he should have cast the helmet off and destroyed it right on stage. Huzzah! But worse, roaming the sidelines during Florida's 59-20 thrashing of Tennessee in September, Chesney was spotted mingling with Florida supporters, and posing for photos with their cheerleaders and mascots. And that, my friends, was enough to set Vol fans off, who unleashed their wrath on the message-boards.
"I have no problem with his singing and who his fans are, just don't call yourself the No. 1 Vol fan and act like he acted in order not to offend his 'other' fans. When you are standing on the sidelines at a UT game, saying you're the No. 1 fan, your actions should line up with your words," one reader posted.Fans even called the local country-radio station to demand they stop playing his songs. Ridiculous enough? Chesney thinks so.
"There are more things going on in the world than this," Chesney said. "I love Tennessee football. I love East Tennessee. I can't believe I have to sit here and defend myself over it."
Tennessee fans don't get it. Chesney may be a fan, but he's got to sell records too. And if it's donning another team's helmet or posing for a few photos...well, it's worth it.
(Found via Fark)