Things got ugly on Sunday in the waning minutes of the Seattle Seahawks 30-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, which saw multiple players ejected and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll assessed an unsportsmanlike penalty.
With 10 minutes left in the game, the Seahawks were mounting another comeback after being down 27-10 to the Jaguars.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson marched his team down the field toward the end zone, but the Seahawks were turned back by the Jaguars' stellar defense. That's when the troubled Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett decided to disrupt the Jaguars victory formation.
The 32-year-old Louisiana native lunged at the back of Jaguars lineman Brandon Linder's legs. The obvious cheap shot sparked a brawl between both teams on the field.
Here's the video of Bennett diving into the centers legs. pic.twitter.com/Hmx0gSew9S
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Bennett was assessed an unnecessary roughness penalty but he was allowed to remain on the field in the game's final minutes.
Teammate Quinton Jefferson was ejected for throwing a punch. Fans pelted him with beer and other objects on his way to the tunnel.
Jefferson went wild and attempted to climb into the stands to go after fans but he was pulled back by security and police officers. He vented his anger in the locker room.
Things are getting UGLY in Jacksonville pic.twitter.com/rsPnztEZAs
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) December 11, 2017
"Folks in the stands was throwing beer and throwing soda, whatever. I mean, I don't know what I'm supposed to do. 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," he told reporters.
Moments later, an outraged Bennett ordered reporters to get away from his teammate Jefferson.
ESPN mouthpiece Stephen A Smith defended Bennett and Jefferson on Twitter.com.
"STHU! There is no BOTH sides. Just because Bennett shouldn’t be instructing the media to get away from a grown player doesn’t mean he was wrong is pointing out fans shouldn’t have been throwing things at his teammate. Someone with a damn brain would understand that."
The NFL -- dubbed the National Felon League by critics -- has seen a steep decline in viewership this season as fans react to the players' ongoing protests during the national anthem.
Stephen A. Smith blamed the racist football fans in a video rant on Facebook Live.
"Don't you dare try and blame the BLACK ATHLETE for what took place in Jacksonville tonight. This one is on the FANS!!!," he wrote in the caption of a video on Facebook Live.
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