NFL investigating Seahawks’ actions, Jaguars’ stadium security after ugly ending Sunday

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The ugly ending to Sunday’s game in Jacksonville could have consequences for both the Seahawks and the Jaguars.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart confirmed today that the league is looking at on-field discipline for players who committed personal fouls late in the Jaguars’ victory over the Seahawks. That was to be expected, as the league always investigates any incident that results in ejections, and Seattle’s Sheldon Richardson and Quinton Jefferson were ejected.

But the league also confirmed that the Jaguars have a responsibility to ensure that there’s adequate security around the field, and that the NFL will investigate how multiple Jaguars fans were able to throw things at Seahawks players.

“The home team does have responsibility for security and we work closely with all 32 of our clubs on those issues,” Lockhart said. “We are going to be looking at and talking to both clubs about a variety of things in that game particularly at the end where we had a series of ejections, on-field issues and then leaving the field. We will be working with the club to identify those who might have been involved in throwing objects or acting outside the rules we expect of our fans. That has already begun, as well as our football operations department looking at on-field stuff. Nothing to report at this point, but all of this will be looked at thoroughly.”

The Jaguars fans who threw objects on the field will likely be banned from the stadium, if they can be identified. And it won’t be surprising if Richardson, Jefferson and Michael Bennett are suspended. The league may also take action against the Jaguars and require them to beef up security at the stadium. Sunday’s incident was ugly, and the league can’t have that happen again.

59 responses to “NFL investigating Seahawks’ actions, Jaguars’ stadium security after ugly ending Sunday

  1. I’ll start this off by saying, as a Seahawks fan, I was grossly embarrassed by their actions at the end of that game. You lost, take it like a man and move on. I’ll always love this team, but there are a handful of the players I won’t miss when they finally move on. Jacksonville’s fans weren’t in the right to be throwing anything on the field, and I hope they were caught and dealt with, but be bigger than that, Jefferson. Be a professional.

  2. Not surprising. She hawks are punks and when things don’t go their way they act like what they are. They also know their window is slammed shut.

  3. The fan had a field level seat by the visiting team’s tunnel. That’s prime real estate so it shouldn’t be hard to ID him assuming it is his seat. I thought security did a decent job of keeping the player safe. Not security’s fault if a player is dumb enough to go after a fan.

  4. No excusing Bennett’s dirty cheap shot, the guy’s a pathetic human being. But, the officiating in that game is what led up to all of this. The refs allowed the Jags to get away with dirty play, cheap shots, and taunting all game long while also screwing the Seahawks pretty bad in that game. Frustrations boil over when you lose a game like that. I get that. How Fournette and a couple other Jaguars weren’t ejected at the end as well is indicative of how the game was officiated. They could do whatever they wanted without repercussion. I hope in these investigations, the league also reviews Steratore and his crew. They should be facing suspension as well.

  5. Regardless if you like a player or not, throwing something at them from the stands shows you have the courage of a punk. If you’re not man/woman enough to throw it in their face when you’re standing face to face with them, then don’t do it.

  6. Short of a net, how would security stop fans in the front row from throwing things onto the field? All you can do is catch them after the fact. On the video security was climbing into the stands almost immediately, so I’m sure they caught a lot of the beer throwers.

  7. I thought at first Bennett would only get one game, but watching that video he should get more. No doubt what his intent was there.

  8. Fans should know better than to throw stuff on to the field and I hope those who did so are banned from the stadium in the future, but Jefferson isn’t without blame. He escalated the confrontation with the fans, removing his helmet and charging closer to them instead of just leaving the field and letting security take care of the idiots in the stands. He almost made a bad sitution really ugly by trying to climb into the stands. I’m not sure what his plan was for after he gets to the top of that 6 foot drop but he and others could have been seriously injured over drunk people throwing food and beverages.

  9. I honestly don’t believe the Seahawks have gotten over losing that Superbowl to the Patriots. They just haven’t been quite the same ever since. Now they are losing games to the likes of Blake Bortles and Jacksonville. That Superbowl loss will haunt the Seahawks until all the players and coaches from that team are gone.

  10. Docsavag says:
    December 11, 2017 at 12:14 pm
    Fans should know better than to throw stuff on to the field and I hope those who did so are banned from the stadium in the future, but Jefferson isn’t without blame. He escalated the confrontation with the fans, removing his helmet and charging closer to them instead of just leaving the field and letting security take care of the idiots in the stands. He almost made a bad sitution really ugly by trying to climb into the stands. I’m not sure what his plan was for after he gets to the top of that 6 foot drop but he and others could have been seriously injured over drunk people throwing food and beverages.

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    See Artest, Ron during the Malice At The Palace for the answers you seek.

  11. I hope the Rams whip them in Seattle this week and basically lock up the division title and put the nail in their coffin.

  12. The book should be thrown at Bennett and Jefferson. Easily could have ended up like Malice at the Palace and the Shoe Brawl, or worse.

  13. So, yet again, blaming officials for outrageous actions by the players? It ‘’tis the world we live in, it’s always somebody else’s fault, right Gronk?(or should I say Patriots? But really, this is an America problem at its core)

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    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm
    I honestly don’t believe the Seahawks have gotten over losing that Superbowl to the Patriots.
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    The Patriots are known cheaters. It’s been proven in US District Court.


  15. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    December 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I honestly don’t believe the Seahawks have gotten over losing that Superbowl to the Patriots. They just haven’t been quite the same ever since. Now they are losing games to the likes of Blake Bortles and Jacksonville.”

    Yea I hope the Jags meet the Pats in the playoffs and see how your statue QB does against that Jags pass rush.

  16. the player involved should have taken the beer shower and kept moving into the tunnel. no security in the world could prevent that, they can only react afterwards

  17. “the NFL will investigate how multiple Jaguars fans were able to throw things at Seahawks players.”

    Uh what? They purchased items and then threw them. You’re welcome – that’ll be 6 million dollars please!

  18. Yea I hope the Jags meet the Pats in the playoffs and see how your statue QB does against that Jags pass rush.

    The next time the Jags tear up the Pats……..will be the first time…the Jags tear up the Pats…

  19. degraz5 says:
    December 11, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    Who throws $10 dollar beers. Stupid Jags fans.

    Who throws a $7 bucket of popcorn on an injured Navarro Bowman as he’s being carted off in the 2013 NFCCG? Stupid Hawk fans.

  20. Are they supposed to have one security guard per fan to block any potential item-throwing? What an absurd “inquiry.” One beer flew somewhat near the guy. He should have kept it moving into the tunnel. This is ALL on the Seahawks and “man of the year” Bennett.

  21. “The Patriots are known cheaters. It was proven in court “ ??? That’s funny I recall the NFL telling Judge Berman they had NO evidence. The only thing proven in court was that Goodell can lie & cheat & get away with it .

  22. Seahawks are biggest sore losers in the league. Remember when they lost to the Pats in the Super Bowl and pulled the same bush league move on the victory kneel down? Pete Carrol has no control of his players when they are losing.

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    pftidbro says:
    December 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Yea I hope the Jags meet the Pats in the playoffs and see how your statue QB does against that Jags pass rush.

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    Serious question….have the Jags ever even beaten the Patriots…..even once?

  24. simple, the Jaguars, like every other NFL team, hire folks that couldn’t work security at a shopping mall to work 10 games a year. investigation over

  25. I find it funny as well that Michael Bennett is their Walter Payton candidate. I mean come on the guy is a loser on and off the field. You have guys like Sherman who..when he isn’t fired up after or during the game is a good guy when it’s all said and done, Russell Wilson? Doug Baldwin? am I missing something?

  26. For anyone who actually watched the game, refs let SeaHawks get away with murder all day with hardly any calls on the O-Line who were grabbing all day along with DB’s tackling Lee before the ball gets to him.. I agree that Colvin’s play at the end was clever on his part but they pretty much let everything else go all day. Talking trash which the Jags DB’s do is not a penalty. The officials nailed Fowler twice with his battle to negate sacks.. Not having Smith hurt the pass coverage later in game. Poz is a great run stuffer and leader but is mediocre in coverage which is why he’s been out of there. Playing in nickel like he was is something that Smith would have been doing. As for fans, ignorant out of town fans don’t realize that attendance hasn’t been that bad but they sold well for this game.. The actions of a few probably drunk fans who got that way so the poor baby Seahawks din’t have to play at 10am PST… But us veteran fans loved it since we enjoyed having a good game under the lights. Seahawk fans like Steeler fans are great fans who support their team when visiting and don’t cause trouble.. Not so with some other fanbases. Bengal fans are among the worst.

  27. Also, wouldn’t this be considered “home field advantage”? The crowd clearly got into his head, this should increase the ticker of the “fan assist” meter.

  28. Investigating how people in the stands could possibly throw things at players is ridiculous. Security doesn’t have a crystal ball. They go where they are needed when they are needed. The first thing thrown looked like a mostly empty plastic water bottle which missed by a mile.

    Throwing things is not right, but the player should’ve kept walking. Him, or any player, coming back and freaking out is only going to wind up with the player getting a lot more of the same.

    Unfortunately a handful of Seahawks players have little self control when losing, which is why he was ejected to begin with and why Bennett is facing a suspension.

  29. Really shouldn’t be very hard to find a couple of fans sitting up front, I am sure there is plenty of film & photos. Ban a bunch of them. I used to take my daughter to a few games in Denver & while we haven’t had that kind of incident, I had to sit in the front field seats next to 2 drunks who kept falling into my lap and standing the whole game. No thanks, I will just watch at home for free.

  30. How are you going to stop someone from throwing something? Why you should keep your helmet on until you have exited the stadium. The NFL should thank security for keeping them the Jaguars, & Seahawks from a very expensive law suit.

  31. The entire thing came down to coaching. Do you think the players made the decision to crash the “V” formation twice on their own? No way. The coach would have put it to a stop after the first time if he did not want it to happen.
    The solution to last night’s action is to suspend the coach along with the players. I will guarantee that type crap would stop immediately.

  32. One last thing. So, he’s mad because a few liquid projectiles were thrown his way, what about the dude from the Jags who had he’s knees cut out from under him? Like, they are in Jax, this dude is a sore loser and, with his team, starts taking cheap shots at the end. So he’s ejected, and get s it from the home fans. Nothing to see here. You want cozy conditions, stay at home.

  33. rabidbillsfan says:

    December 11, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    One last thing. So, he’s mad because a few liquid projectiles were thrown his way, what about the dude from the Jags who had he’s knees cut out from under him? Like, they are in Jax, this dude is a sore loser and, with his team, starts taking cheap shots at the end. So he’s ejected, and get s it from the home fans. Nothing to see here. You want cozy conditions, stay at home.
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    No one has any right to hurl anything at anyone if you feel ok to do that you stay home

  34. I don’t disagree, but the guy acted like they insulted his grandmother and slapped his first born. Be the bigger man, just walk away. You get paid like a professional so, at the very least, you should act like one. Like I said, he’s on the road, and he’s acting like a punk on the field, fans have the “right” to stand up for there team(not by throwing objects, but you get the gist). I also like how they need to mention he was called the n-word, when the video clearly shows that those closest to him were primarily people of color. Time to take a knee, I’ll be taking a nap.

  35. remember when SPORTS used to teach honor, integrity, sportsmanship?

    LOL – today pro sports reinforce deflection from responsibility, being a sore loser, constantly blaming others

    Congratulations, this is the animal you fed.
    Imagine Bird/Magic rivalries today. They would be constant trash talking on Instaface followed by cheapshots at each other in the game and whining about why you lost later. See OBJ vs Norman

  36. Is the NFL gonna investigate why the officiating crew refused to consider, the PI of a Seattle WR, right in front of the Seattle bench. Of course they won’t. They will stick their heads in the sand and pretend it didn’t happen. How anyone can consider Goodell for a job, at minimum wage is a mystery to me.

  37. Reed, Richardson and Bennett high-low chop an otherwise defenseless center on a kneel down (notwithstanding the 2pt leg-sweep takedown of Bennett’s after) but they aren’t the ones that got ejected.

    They ejected Jefferson on the NEXT play for jawing at someone.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…..this is a great product, NFL…..no really

  38. Any time I turn on a Seattle game and see Steratore or Hochuli, I know it’s going to be a badly called game for the Seahawks. Those two are not neutral by any measure of the word. It’s no justification for losing your cool, but I completely understand the frustration.

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