JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson briefly tried to climb the railings to confront a admirer in the course of an unappealing ending to Sunday’s 30-24 decline to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jefferson was running off the discipline soon after staying ejected when a drink was thrown at him from the stands. He turned back again and started arguing with admirers dressed in Jaguars outfits.
When additional beverages had been thrown at him, which include a single that practically hit his head, Jefferson rushed toward the railing and started climbing it. A member of the Seahawks’ machines personnel pulled him off. Various other Seahawks staffers escorted him into the tunnel.
“Folks in the stands was throwing beer and throwing soda, whichever. I mean, I really don’t know what I am meant to do,” mentioned Jefferson, a next-calendar year player. “I am a human just like anyone else. I am a male just like the other male in the stands. I am not going to allow anyone disrespect me, throw a beer on me.
“Just simply because I am participating in soccer, I am nonetheless a human staying. I am nonetheless a male. I am out there participating in a recreation, and at the close of the working day, it is really a recreation and I am a male. I am not going to allow anyone disrespect me like that.”
Questioned if he felt it was right to try to go into the stands, Jefferson responded: “I really don’t know. Was it the right get in touch with for him to throw beer on me? I am just thinking if it was the right get in touch with for him to throw a beer on me. Just stating.”
Seahawks defensive lineman Jarran Reed wrote on Twitter that Jefferson was known as the N-term in the course of the sideline incident.
The episode happened in the course of a heated finish to the recreation. It involved fights on consecutive plays as Jacksonville was kneeling to run out the clock and Seattle’s defensive linemen ongoing their rush at full toughness.
Right after the 1st perform, Seahawks defensive Michael Bennett and Jaguars heart Brandon Linder wrestled every single other on the ground. Jaguars running back again Leonard Fournette shoved Bennett in the course of the ensuing melee. All those two had been also flagged for unnecessary roughness even though Seattle’s Sheldon Richardson was ejected for throwing a punch.
It truly is not very clear what Jefferson did to get paid an ejection on the next perform.
“It truly is just bulls—,” Jaguars tight close Marcedes Lewis mentioned. “There’s no home in the recreation for that. You see we’re kneeling. You can get anyone hurt. We are out there striving to kneel, there is no timeouts, you fellas cannot cease the clock. Like, why test to hurt anyone?”
Lewis included: “We experienced 60 minutes to handle that. The very last 30 seconds even though we’re kneeling, you’re going to spear anyone in the legs? That’s not amazing.”
Seahawks mentor Pete Carroll ran all the way on to the center of the discipline soon after the next struggle, which he mentioned was to “make a statement to our fellas so we didn’t finish with any additional garbage occurring out there.” Carroll received an unsportsmanlike carry out penalty for running on to the discipline. He mentioned he understood the recreation was resolved by that place.
“It truly is really unlucky how it finished, you know, with every person getting scrapping and all that at the close, simply because we experienced a opportunity to get the ball back again, and however, we couldn’t do the job that out adequately,” Carroll mentioned. “We have to be additional poised than that. It was a quite tough finish. We experienced a shot.”
The ejections of Jefferson and Richardson brought the NFL’s full to 15 in 2017, the optimum full for a solitary year considering the fact that at least 2001.
Bennett cut off Jefferson’s job interview with reporters in the locker home and angrily dismissed them.
“The male was disrespected,” Bennett mentioned. “People today threw foods on him. He’s not an animal, he’s a human staying, so get out of here. How would you like it if a single of your young ones was participating in sports activities and anyone threw beer on him? Just, so really don’t appear in with that s— then.”
Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye took exception to how Seattle’s defensive players handled them selves.
“I really don’t know what it was, but like I mentioned, we performed with a chip on our shoulder,” Bouye mentioned. “You cannot sit here and talk trash and then future point you know stating you’re going to beat us by 50, but then we hitting you in the mouth, and you want to just struggle. Like, the game’s previously about. I ain’t received no trouble in opposition to them. I really don’t know them as a male but particular issues are just uncalled for. We are participating in soccer. We are in amongst the strains. You really don’t have to get it outside of that. We are grown men, but I am happy of the fellas staying good and not creating it even worse than what it was.”
Seattle defensive close Frank Clark defended how the Seahawks’ defensive linemen ongoing to perform tough by firing off of their stances with the Jaguars in victory formation.
“There was nonetheless time left on the clock, so of system we’re taught to perform right until the clock hits triple-zeroes, and which is exactly what we was accomplishing generally,” Clark mentioned. “We really don’t get plays off, so if we see an opportunity to go and get the ball back again, which is generally what we was accomplishing. It turned into a good deal additional than what we hoped for, but at the close of the working day we have received every single other’s back again and which is what it arrives down to — who’s received every single other’s back again, and we have received ours.”
Information from ESPN’s Kevin Seifert and Michael DiRocco was employed in this report.