VIDEO: Seattle Seahawks Player Goes Ballistic On Fans During Jaguars Game, Jags Issue Statement
By Space Coast Daily // December 13, 2017
NFL HAS YET TO ISSUE FINES OR SUSPENSIONS
ABOVE VIDEO: While jogging off the field, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Quinton Jefferson had something fly by his head. Jefferson stopped, pulled off his helmet and headed toward a rowdy section of fans.
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA — By now you may have seen the incident that occurred following the Jaguars and Seahawks game at Ever Bank Field in Jacksonville on Sunday.
The Seahawks showed their frustration in a hard-fought 30-24 loss to the Jaguars. Once the game was in hand, the Jags went into victory formation. Generally, the quarterback takes a knee, the lineman stand straight up, congratulate each other and once the whistle blows ending the game, leave the field – peacefully.
Instead, Seahawks defensive tackle Michael Bennett dove at center Brandon Linder’s knees and this set off an ugly on-field scene. Seattle’s Sheldon Richardson was then ejected for throwing a punch.
The unnecessary play by the Seahawks angered Jags fans and while jogging off the field one Seattle’s players, defensive end Quinton Jefferson, had something fly by his head. Jefferson stopped, pulled off his helmet and headed toward a rowdy section of fans.
Jefferson pushed aside security guards and started arguing with the spectators. Just when it looked like Jefferson was about to walk away for good, what appeared to be a cup of beer came flying out of the seats. That prompted Jefferson to rush toward the stands and start trying to climb in them.
Jefferson had to be restrained and escorted to the locker room.
On Monday, the Jaguars issued the following statement in response:
“The Jacksonville Jaguars in no way condone the behavior of a small group of fans that occurred at the conclusion of Sunday’s Jaguars vs. Seahawks game, which involved the throwing of several items on to the field in the direction of a visiting player.
Immediately following the conclusion of the game, a thorough examination of the incident was initiated involving the Jaguars, NFL Security, the stadium management company, the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office and the stadium security company.
While the investigation continues, the group has reviewed video footage and interviewed fans and staff who were in the vicinity. During the incident, four individuals threw five objects from the stands.
These objects included plastic cups with ice and liquid, a bag of popcorn and a plastic bottle. In accordance with the Jaguars’ Fan Code of Conduct, these individuals are being identified and will be contacted. If they are Jaguars season ticket holders they will immediately have their season ticket member privileges revoked indefinitely.
Those purchasing single-game tickets will indefinitely lose the option to purchase tickets for future games through the Jaguars and our affiliates. In addition, each will be banned from attending Jaguars games in the future.
We’re grateful for the immediate response by stadium security personnel to the situation. The Jacksonville Jaguars and our stadium partners are firmly committed to creating a safe and enjoyable experience for all who visit EverBank Field, including fans and members of the visiting team.
ABOVE VIDEO: Once the game was in hand, the Jags went into victory formation. Generally, the quarterback takes a knee, the lineman stand straight up, congratulate each other and once the whistle blows ending the game, leave the field – peacefully. Not in this case.
It is unfortunate that the actions of a few would tarnish the reputation of the Jaguars fan base and the positive, electric game day atmosphere at yesterday’s game. EverBank Field is well-known around the league for its world-class game day experience and the manner in which visiting fans are treated.
In advance of this Sunday’s final regular-season home game, we want to remind our fans of the Fan Code of Conduct and encourage them to enjoy the game by showing proper respect to others.”
The 9-4 Jaguars are in first place and likely heading back to the playoffs for the first time in a decade. They will host the Houston Texans in their final home game before closing the season with two road games in San Francisco and Tennessee.
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