Cristiano Felicio admits Twitter trolls ‘bother him’
Chicago Bulls center Cristiano Felicio has had to face his share of criticisms during his time in the Windy City. Prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 season, the Bulls rewarded him with a four-year, $32 million contract.
In just under 18 minutes per game in that season, Felicio took small strides forward, averaging more points per game and showing a slightly more efficient post game. But his contract and relative lack of production (just 5.6 points per game) have drawn the ire of Bulls fans, who have had plenty of reasons to gripe over front-office decisions.
Felicio told K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune that he did struggle with Internet criticisms:
“In the beginning, I was more frustrated and I was more into saying something back,” Felicio said. “And then a couple people who really care about me told me to leave it alone. They reminded me that (critics) don’t know my life. They don’t know what I go through on a daily basis. They don’t know everything I’ve done to get to this point. They have the right to cheer for us or against us. I focus on those who are going through what we’re going through every day.
“Everybody who knows me since I was 13 knows what I have been through to get to this point and all the work that I have put in. So many people helped me. And I was never a guy to complain. I was just a guy to go out there and work and do the best I can with everything I got. I’ve tried to make the most out of any opportunity I’ve given.”
Felicio has seen a big minutes decrease this season, which likely will not help the level of Twitter trolling that he must endure.