After Fans' Taunts, Ejected NFL Player Goes Into Stands

Seattle Seahawks' Quinton Jefferson tried to climb into stands after taunts, items hurled his way
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2017 5:44 AM CST
A Seattle Seahawks staff member tries to remove Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson, left, from the field during the closing moments of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on...   (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
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(Newser) – The Seattle Seahawks lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-24 in Florida on Sunday, and it resulted in what ESPN calls an "ugly ending" after tense final minutes between the opposing teams. Per USA Today, defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson was thrown out of the game toward the end of the fourth quarter, and as he was approaching the tunnel leading to his team's locker room, something appeared to be thrown in his direction (video here). Jefferson whipped off his helmet and approached the stands, where fans in Jaguar get-up taunted him. A beverage got lobbed in his direction, and he tried to climb into the stands; Seahawks staff yanked him down and led him away. "I'm not going to let somebody disrespect me, throw a beer on me," Jefferson said. "Just because I'm playing football, I'm still a human being. I'm still a man."

A Seattle Times reporter posted a screenshot from the Twitter account of Jarran Reed, one of Jefferson's teammates, in which Reed said someone called Jefferson the n-word. Meanwhile, Jefferson's boss, coach Pete Carroll, expressed surprise at what had happened, though he also seemed to bear a "customer is always right" attitude. "I don't even know what happened," Carroll said. "He just kind of lost it. … I told him that's pro football. They pay to get in. They can do whatever they want, I guess." Both an NFL rep and a Jaguars spokeswoman says they're reviewing the tapes to see if they can find out which fans were involved. Violating the NFL's code of conduct can result in tickets being taken away.

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