Found November 07, 2012 on
Christian Ponder is coming off an 11-of-22 for 63 yard and one INT performance against Seattle on Sunday so you can understand why he’s a little testy towards questions about his hot girlfriend Samantha Steele.
Ponder went on KFAN in Minneapolis this week to answer questions about the Vikings two-game losing streak and whether his struggles have anything to do with the sideline reporter.
“She has nothing to do with it. We’ve been dating since the beginning of the season, so she had also to do with the five wins. So it has really nothing to do with anything on the football field.”
You might remember how Busted Coverage broke the case open on October 17, made it official on the 18th and hasn’t publicly tweeted with Steele since Oct. 20. Instead of continuing his public high schoolery with Steele, the Vikings QB started tweeting Bible verses.
Ponder went 8-of-17 for 58 yards passing, one TD and 2 INTs October 21 in a win over Arizona. Since then the Vikings are 0-2 and he’s getting questions about getting pulled for poor performance.
Paul Allen of KFAN asked Ponder if he should have been pulled in the Seattle game:
“No, I don’t think so. … Yeah, I wasn’t performing well and the whole offense wasn’t performing well, but knowing the position and knowing what it takes, I think in the middle of the game, to pull the quarterback is definitely a tough situation. And we were still in the game, so no, I definitely wouldn’t have pulled myself.”
The Vikings play Detroit Sunday and then have their bye week. You’re on notice, Steele.
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