Buccaneers’ Chris Baker incited locker room shouting match following Panthers game

AP

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Chris Baker was the focal point of a heated locker room argument following Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Baker’s seemingly flippant response to a costly offsides penalty incurred just prior to Carolina’s game-winning touchdown didn’t sit well with teammates.

Per the report, Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David was heard yelling at quarterback Jameis Winston on the team’s post-game radio show in an attempt to stop Winston from confronting Baker. Linebacker Kwon Alexander also lobbed expletives toward Baker before David bailed on an interview to address the issue.

Baker jumped offsides on a fourth-and-3 from the Buccaneers 5-yard line. After the penalty was assessed half the distance to the goal line, it was only a fourth-and-1 from the 3-yard line the Panthers needed to convert. Despite a fumbled snap, Cam Newton still scored to give the Panthers the victory.

Baker smiling afterward and apparently not seeming too distraught about the penalty rubbed several teammates the wrong way.

He signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the team last offseason, but if he’s angering teammates to the point they are questioning his motivation and commitment to them it may be a short-lived stay in Tampa.

 

9 responses to “Buccaneers’ Chris Baker incited locker room shouting match following Panthers game

  1. Winston is the biggest problem on the team. Way overrated and places blame elsewhere instead of stepping up and taking it on his shoulders.

    Bucs need to trade him to somebody like Arizona or the Jets and bring in someone new with a better attitude.

  2. This guy is a straight up punk. He was that way on the Washington football team.
    Now that he has been paid, I am sure the situation will only worsen.
    Too bad Jason Peters was not able to reach him after Bakers’ cheap shot started a brawl on the field

  3. birdsfan1215 says:
    December 27, 2017 at 9:45 am
    This guy is a straight up punk. He was that way on the Washington football team.
    Now that he has been paid, I am sure the situation will only worsen.
    Too bad Jason Peters was not able to reach him after Bakers’ cheap shot started a brawl on the field
    __________________________
    Nobody in Washington has ever said that, ever. No undrafted player has worked harder to get where to he is than Baker (OK, very few undrafted players). The man is a locker room leader, a nice guy, and a downright god person. Not sure what exactly happened on Sunday, but the argument was almost certainly not Baker’s fault.

    And for what it’s worth, Jason Peters started the aforementioned brawl.

  4. thirdistheworrd says:

    And for what it’s worth, Jason Peters started the aforementioned brawl
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    Guess you’re forgetting the cheap shot he put on Foles. Nothing to do with the play and he took a run at the QB, there isn’t an o-lineman in the league who isnt protecting his QB and going after Baker

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