The end of the Seahawks-Jaguars game broke out into an ugly scene. Here's what happened.
The end of the Seahawks-Jaguars game devolved into something out of a WWE wrestling match, and it wasn’t pretty.
With the game in hand and the Jaguars running out the final seconds of clock, shoving and punching ensued, resulting in personal foul penalties on Michael Bennett and Sheldon Richardson, who was ejected for “throwing a punch.”
On the ensuing play, another scrum broke out, resulting in more shoving, and more flags. Then, things got out of hand.
Defensive end Quinton Jefferson was ejected for fighting Jaguars players, and Pete Carroll was also flagged for running on to the field. On his way off the field, though, Jefferson got into a verbal altercation with Jacksonville fans. Fans then hurled beer and other miscellaneous items at Jefferson, who then muscled away from security to climb the barrier, attempting to get into the stands. Jefferson was ultimately restrained and made his way to the locker room.
Asked about the altercation after the game, Jefferson responded to media: “What would you do?”
Jefferson then elaborated, saying: “Folks in the stands is throwing beer and throwing soda. I mean, I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I’m a man, just like anybody else. I’m a man just like the man in the stands. I’m mot going to let someone disrespect me, throwing a beer on me.’’
“He just kind of lost it,’’ Carroll said. “Somebody poured a beer on his head walking out of the stadium or something. I told him that’s pro football. They pay to get in, they can do whatever they want I guess.’’
Bennett, asked about his penalty afterward, said only: “I don’t have to explain myself.”
Fines and suspensions are likely, though Carroll said after the game it was too soon for him to contemplate those.
“Yeah. I don’t know,” Carroll said. “I don’t even know what happened, to relate to that thought.”
Carroll explained his flag this way: “Well, we didn’t have a chance to get the ball back then, and I wanted to make sure, I was trying to get our guys to not carry any further. They were trying to fight to get the ball back, and there wasn’t the chance to do it at that point. I was just trying to slow them down. I talked to (referee) Gene (Steratore) about it a couple of plays before it, and I just tried to make a statement to our guys so we didn’t finish with any more garbage happening out there.”
Quarterback Russell Wilson said he thought the fighting arose from the team’s competitive fire, though he also said he thinks the team should have handled it better.
“It’s disappointing,” Wilson said. “I think we have better judgment than that. It’s such a physical game. We are fighting for every inch, every opportunity. I know those guys are remorseful or whatever. They are fighting for the ball. Fighting for something. Just fighting for a way. I don’t believe there is a necessary excuse for it. I think we can be better as players and as men and everything else. I am grateful that we have a bunch of guys that are willing to scratch and crawl to get the ball back and do whatever they can. I think that goes back to that belief. This may sound crazy but it goes back to the belief that hey maybe if they fumble it, snap, something we got the ball back. Maybe that’s what it is. I don’t know, I can’t really answer it perfectly for you, but that’s what I hope it is.”
Jacksonville safety Barry Church later took both the Seahawks and the fans who interacted with Jefferson to task.
Of the Seahawks, Church said: “I don’t know if they were trying to stop the clock or if they were just upset about something, but they had several players get ejected, which wasn’t a smart move on their part because you never know what’s going to happen next week because of the ejections. It wasn’t smart on their part, but the players on our side kept calm, kept cool and got home with the W.”
Asked about Jefferson’s incident, Church said: “I saw that. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I heard they were throwing beer bottles and beer cans on him, which is unacceptable. I mean, the guy’s already kicked out of the game, there’s no need to throw beer bottles and pour beer on him, so I understand why he was upset at that point. For our fans, I mean, you can’t do that. The guy’s ejected, we already got the win, there’s no need to add insult to injury. That’s how I feel about that.”
Here’s a look at the ugly scene that ensued.
Jefferson wasn’t the only Seahawk to have trash thrown at him, as fans apparently tossed garbage at Tyler Lockett after he scored a fourth-quarter touchdown.