Kevin Youkilis was forced to play some defense on Twitter on Monday.

The former Boston Red Sox infielder found himself under fire on social media for being a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals. Youkilis, along with being a part of Red Sox lore, also is Tom Brady’s brother-in-law, which led to many Patriots fans coming at Youk for not being a New England “fan.”

Youkilis was having none of it.

Here’s the tweet that started it all:

Now, the replies:

Youkilis also had to defend the honor of Cincinnati’s staple food chain Skyline Chili:

You have to credit Youkilis for sticking with his hometown team, especially considering it’s the Bengals. And we certainly don’t think it makes for awkward holidays with the in-laws, either.

Keep doing you, Youk, even if we’re definitely all out on Skyline Chili

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