A scene that brought back memories of the Malice at the Palace saw a Seattle Seahawks player attempt to go into the stands and confront a fan near the end of the team’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That happened after defensive end Quinton Jefferson was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct with less than a minute left in the contest. He was jogging off the field before a drink flew at him right as he was about to reach the tunnel.
Jefferson took off his helmet and walked over to have a face to face argument with a group of Jaguars fans who he believed may have thrown the drink. During that exchage, another thrown drink nearly led Jefferson to climb into the stands.
Here’s a look at the incident.
— Pro Sports Extra (@ProSportsExtra) December 11, 2017
On Monday morning, ESPN college football analyst Booger McFarland had this to say about the fans who provoked Jefferson as he left the field.
dumb take from fans saying,because Bennett did something i am now going to throw bottles at another guy (or Bennett) after the game ,Are the fans now the football police? cheer,scream, Boo u can even cuss (with in reason) all u want, when u throw something be ready to get it back
— Booger (@ESPNBooger) December 11, 2017
This is what Jefferson told reporters after the game.
“I’m a man, just like the other man in the stands. I’m not going to let someone disrespect me, throw beer on me. Just ’cause I’m playing football … I’m still a human being, I’m still a man.”
Clearly both parties involved were in the wrong. While fans shouldn’t throw objects onto the field and certainly not a player, and are subject to being thrown out if they do, a player clearly can’t react that way.
Any punishment for either the fan(s) or Jefferson has yet to be determined.
The Jaguars ended up winning the game 30-24 to improve to 9-4 and maintain their lead atop the AFC South.