The Jacksonville Jaguars have indefinitely banned two fans they have positively recognized among the many 4 folks the staff says threw debris at Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson throughout a Dec. 10 sport at EverBank Field. Jefferson was restrained after trying to climb into the stands to confront the fans.
The Jaguars performed what they referred to as a “thorough examination of the incident” at the side of the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office, NFL Security, the staff’s stadium administration firm and the stadium’s safety service. The staff shared the report’s conclusions with The Florida Times-Union.
“It was concluded that four individuals threw objects onto the field,” the report said. “Based on available video evidence, we were able to positively identify two of these individuals. All four individuals had relocated to a seat near the field wall toward the end of the game.”
The Times-Union reviews that neither of the banned fans was an current season-ticket holder.
“These two individuals have since received notice that due to the severity of the violation of the Fan Code of Conduct, they are banned indefinitely,” the staff mentioned in its assertion.
Jefferson tried to climb into the stands after fans had thrown drinks at him as he was leaving the sphere following his ejection within the closing seconds of Seattle’s 30-24 loss to the Jaguars.
The sideline incident occurred during an ugly ending to the game as Seahawks defensive linemen continued to fireplace off the ball as Jacksonville was in a victory formation, resulting in scuffles on consecutive performs.
Sheldon Richardson was ejected after the primary scuffle, which was precipitated by Michael Bennett trying to swipe at the snap and falling into the legs of Jaguars middle Brandon Linder. Jefferson was ejected after the subsequent scuffle.
Jefferson was heading towards the tunnel after the ejection when the primary drink was thrown at him from the stands. He stopped and made his approach again towards the place the drink was thrown from and exchanged phrases with a fan as Seahawks sideline personnel held him again. When one other drink almost hit Jefferson’s head, he broke free and bolted towards the stands, trying to climb the railing earlier than he was pulled down and escorted away.
While Jefferson was fined $9,115 for the pointless roughness penalty that received him ejected, he was not punished by the league for trying to enter the stands. According to a report by ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, the NFL doesn’t have a rule that explicitly prohibits gamers from coming into the stands earlier than, throughout or after a sport. Any penalty would have fallen below the league’s guidelines concerning sportsmanship and unsportsmanlike conduct.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Jefferson should have handled the situation differently and mentioned it may function a studying expertise for Jefferson and different younger gamers.
“It was just one of them things. It’s unfortunate,” mentioned Jefferson, who added he felt dangerous afterward that his spouse and youngsters needed to see the incident. “I wish it didn’t get that far, wish it didn’t happen, but it’s one of them things that happened.”
Information from ESPN’s Brady Henderson was used on this report.