Morning sports update: Kyle Van Noy called fans booing Patriots ‘disrespectful’

"Too much booing for me."

Kyle Van Noy during the Patriots' game against the Chiefs earlier in the 2019 season.
Kyle Van Noy during the Patriots' loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. –Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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Kyle Van Noy thought the booing at Gillette Stadium was excessive: During an interview with NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran, Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy shared his thoughts on the fans at Gillette Stadium booing as the team left the field at halftime.

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Asked if he thought it felt like a playoff atmosphere against the Chiefs (the Patriots eventually lost, 23-16), Van Noy weighed in on the fans’ reaction.

“Too much booing for me,” said Van Noy.

“I thought it was disrespectful,” he followed up. “It is what it is.”

Curran tried to explain the rationale of the fans while also acknowledging that he doesn’t necessarily agree with those who boo a 10-2 team.

“Positivity? A little cheering?” added Van Noy, reiterating that it didn’t affect the team. “We control what we can control, right?”

Asked if it bothered him personally, the 28-year-old responded by saying, “No. Why would booing bother me?”

“Because it was the first thing you mentioned,” Curran pointed out.

“Well, you had asked if it had a playoff atmosphere,” Van Noy replied, insinuating that booing wouldn’t occur at a playoff game.

Van Noy talked about the Patriots’ defense, which started well against the Chiefs before allowing multiple scoring drives during the first half.

“Yeah I mean we’re hungry, we’re trying to win,” said Van Noy. “We put so many hours, time, sacrifices into each week and we just want to win. Obviously it sucks when it doesn’t go the way we want, but know that we’re all trying. And we’re trying to put the best product out on the field. We’re not trying to disappoint anyone, but just imagine as a fan or a media person that’s cheering for us, imagine our feelings are probably 100 times more because our livelihoods are on the line and we want to win. We’re competitive, we’re alpha males, we want to do whatever it takes to win. We have to do better, and we want to.”

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