An ejected Seattle Seahawks player removed his helmet and charged into the stands during a football game this weekend, stunning teammates and officials after a heated verbal exchange with a group of fans suddenly turned violent.
Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson was swiftly ejected after a late-game penalty during their head-to-head match-up against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, and was making his way towards the locker rooms when angry fans confronted the professional athlete.
As the conversation escalated, the enraged Seahawk removed his helmet and plunged head-first into the stands as stadium security and local police rushed to calm the dangerous situation.
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The relationship between NFL athletes and their fans is going from bad to worse as tensions rise over protesting players choosing to “take a knee” during the performance of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’
The ensuing controversy –brought to the media forefront by President Trump earlier this year- has cost the embattled football league upwards of $500 million as angry fans continue to change the channel and stay home across the country.
GAME OVER: 'Disgraceful' NFL to DITCH On-Field National Anthem
NFL owners and officials are considering changing the league’s rules for the upcoming 2018 season, crafting new policies that would keep all athletes in the locker room during the performance of the national anthem should player protests continue.
According to Sports Illustrated, the NFL is weighing the move after months of their athletes’ choosing to “take a knee” as the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ rings out throughout stadiums across the country.
The ensuring controversy has cost the league millions of dollars in decreased television ratings and ticket sales.
“I think that if players are still kneeling at the end of the year, then it could very well happen,” said a source close to the discussion.
President Trump thrust the issue of player protests into the national spotlight earlier this year when he called for a national boycott should the “disgraceful” league continue to permit political displays.
Just this week, the President called for a season-long suspension for one NFL star who chose to kneel during the US national anthem, but stood for the Mexican anthem while playing an international game in Mexico City.
Several coaches have vowed to stop the act, but none have implemented any policies that actually ban players from “taking a knee.”
GAME OVER: 'Monday Night Football' Ratings COLLAPSE to Record Lows
The National Football League continues to hemorrhage fans as player protests during the national anthem enter their second month, with ratings for the NFL’s premier ‘Monday Night Football’ plunging nearly 10% in just one week.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Monday night’s match-up netted just a 7.2 market share, down 9% from the previous week’s already dismal ratings. The low figure matches the troubled league’s second lowest viewership of the 2017 season.
“With a 7.2 in metered market results, last night’s MNF was down 9% from last week’s Philadelphia Eagles’ 34-24 triumph over the Washington Redskins,” writes Deadline.
“While not the MNF season low of the October 16 battle between the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts, last night’s Chiefs vs. Broncos match-up is very close to the previous MNF season low of the October 9 Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears games,” adds the author.
The NFL has been struggling to regain its footing following weeks of players choosing to “take a knee” during the performance of the US national anthem. The ensuing controversy gained national attention when President Trump called for a total boycott of the NFL until officials and owners require players to stand during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’