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Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Slaughtered a Bunch of Stuffed Animals in Bizarre Attempt to Motivate Players

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-2-45-07-pm-1“Fat cats get slaughtered.”

That was the message that Minnesota Viking head coach Mike Zimmer wanted to deliver to his players on Friday in advance of their Sunday match-up with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Apparently, the coach thought he needed some visual aids to make his point.

So when the players arrived in the locker room, they saw a bunch of cats (Not actual cats, thankfully. Stuffed animals.) ripped open, with red paint splattered about.

Here’s how the scene was described by Minnesota Star-Tribune writer Matt Vensel:

Before dismissing his 5-0 team for the bye week, coach Mike Zimmer scattered stuffed animals of the feline variety throughout Winter Park. Their throats were slashed, with some of the white stuffing within seeping out, and were then splattered with red paint.

Hanging on the larger cat in the locker room was a sign that read “Fat Cats Get Slaughtered.”

The players did not heed the warning. The Vikings fell to the the Eagles 21-10.

“(A)t the end of the day, this better light a fire under some people,” said Vikings offensive lineman Alex Boone in the Star-Tribune article.

Let’s hope Zimmer doesn’t take those words literally.

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