Basketball fans old enough would remember the 2004 ‘Malice at the Palace,’ when the Indiana Pacers’ Ron Artest stormed into the crowd following a brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills during a game against the Detroit Pistons to fight a fan who threw a cup at him. Well, we came dangerously close to witnessing the sequel last night in the NFL.
Things almost took a similar turn at the end of the Seattle Seahawks vs Jacksonville Jaguars game on Sunday that saw the Jaguars narrowly escape with a 30-24 victory. Several players were ejected in what was a very chippy game, including the Seahawks’ defensive end, Quinton Jefferson, after a mini-scrum broke out due to him playing after the whistle.
Jefferson was making his way back to the locker room when several Jaguars fans in the crowd threw cups of beer at him. Off came Jefferson’s helmet and he walked over to confront the fans in what resulted in a brief shouting match. When it seemed like the smoke had cleared, another cup almost hit its target and that’s all it took to set off the Seahawks’ sophomore defensive tackle.
Security personnel tried to restrain him, but Jefferson was able to shake them off and he began to climb the barrier to enter the crowd, before being pulled back down. Fortunately for both the NFL and the fans in attendance the situation was deescalated, but despite all this, Jefferson will most likely face a hefty fine and there are probably a few Jaguars fans who won’t be welcome back at EverBank Field.
Following the game, Jefferson tried to justify his actions in an interview. “Folks in the stands was throwing beer and throwing soda, whatever. I mean, I don’t know what I’m supposed to do,” he said. “I’m a human just like anybody else. I’m a man just like the other man in the stands. I’m not going to let somebody disrespect me, throw a beer on me.”
However, he wasn’t done there. “Just because I’m playing football, I’m still a human being. I’m still a man. I’m out there playing a game and at the end of the day, it’s a game and I’m a man,” Jefferson continued. “I’m not going to let somebody disrespect me like that.”
Watch the insanity unfold here:
Things are getting UGLY in Jacksonville pic.twitter.com/rsPnztEZAs
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) December 11, 2017