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Eddie Lacy doesn’t want to be fat shamed on Twitter anymore

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Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy has been the subject of insults about his weight for years now, but that’s all that most people who were hurling them probably considered him to be: A subject. A twitter account. A football player.

I’m not sure how many people on the other end of the internet ever considered that Lacy was actually a person. A human being who, yes, is reading your comments and having some feelings about it.

However, we never really got that side of the story. What does Lacy think about people calling him fat at literally every turn? (One thing that I quickly found out about tweeting about a team that has Eddie Lacy is that it’s not that fun to tweet about Eddie Lacy; that’s how I learned that there are hundreds of un-funny people out there that flood your notifications with “Eddie Lacy is fat” replies even when it has absolutely zero to do with your original tweet..)

On Wednesday, ESPN published an interview with Lacy in which he opens up about how the constant attention towards his weight, and public shaming for it whether it’s bad or good, does in fact bother him.

"I could pull up my Twitter right now and there would be a fat comment in there somewhere," he says. "Like I could tweet, 'Today is a beautiful day!' and someone would be like, 'Oh yeah? You fat.' I sit there and wonder: 'What do you get out of that?'"

Lacy notes that he hates that his weight, and his subsequent weigh-ins for $55,000 bonuses, had to go public. He also acknowledges the “China food” meme:

"People are always tweeting at me stuff like: 'I'm about to go get China food, shout out to Eddie,'" Lacy says. "Or, 'Hey, Eddie, this China food is why you weigh 260 pounds.' You want to say, 'Dawg, that was five years ago. How is something that happened [then] still relevant?' But nobody cares. The negativity is always there, whether you're doing good or you're going through a funk."

Lacy has supposedly made the weight that the Seahawks want him to be at, but the production was nowhere near what they thought a slimmer Lacy would be at: Five carries for three yards against the Packers, and a healthy scratch in Week 2.

That’s most likely what his focus, and the focus of football fans, will be on at the moment: Not the numbers on the scale, but the numbers on the box score. If he doesn’t get the latter up, Lacy may not remain in Seattle for much longer.