Matt LaFleur: Quay Walker’s actions are “unacceptable”

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Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said after Sunday night’s loss that there is no excuse for the actions of linebacker Quay Walker, who was ejected for shoving a member of the Lions’ medical staff.

That was the second time this season that Walker was ejected for shoving someone from the opposing team who was not in uniform; Walker also shoved a member of the Bills’ practice squad who was in street clothes on the sideline during a game.

“That is unacceptable,” LaFleur said. “I’ve got a much higher standard for our players than to do silly things like that. We’ve got a guy ejected twice. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in my career. We’ve got to be much more mentally tough. Any time our guys commit personal fouls I take that very personally because I think that’s always a reflection of myself and the standards we set for these players. And we’ve got to be better and we’ve got to learn from that because that is unacceptable.”

For Walker to shove a medical professional who was coming to the aid of a player after a week in which the entire football world praised the medical professionals who resuscitated Damar Hamlin on the field is particularly appalling. Nothing is more important in the NFL than ensuring that the doctors and trainers who care for injured players can do their jobs. Walker ought to be suspended for the start of next season after what he did.

116 responses to “Matt LaFleur: Quay Walker’s actions are “unacceptable”

  1. He needs suspended for half a season. Maybe that’ll help “Mr. Tough Guy” remember. He can’t seem to do anything against other players so he has to be a bully to people not wearing pads and a helmet. Total loser.

  2. Le Fleur should cut him rather than just talking about how unacceptable it is.
    Once can be excused as a flash in the pan, twice is once too many.
    The NFL regardless of what Packers do, should give him a heafty suspension! Bullies in any walk of life should not be tolerated!

  3. Absolutely no excuse for what he did last night.

    The practice squad dude should have kept his hands to himself, but Walker still needs to walk on.

  4. If he simply did an unprovoked shove of a medical personal because they were coming to aid a down player for the opposing league (was that truly the context here? I did not see it) then I personally think thats indefinite suspension material. He should not be allowed back on a field until he can convince the league that folks are safe from being attacked by him. Its not even about punishment, a player with a history of going after people not even in the game is a safety risk.

  5. He should actually get a ban from the NFL for that. After what the league did to Josh Gordon and Calvin Ridley, how can you put hands on a trainer and discipline is left up to your team?

    Send him off for a year. And if GB takes him back afterwards he is on probation with a lifetime ban if he does it again.

  6. We’ve conditioned people to be so soft in this country. The trainer barely touches Walker in a non-threatening manner and he feels the need to shove him. Someone touches you, no matter the reason, assault them. So weak. Suspend him.

  7. Perhaps Quay Walker should be given his walking papers from our team. Coach Lombardi taught that personal discipline is important to excellence. The first time Walker behaved that way, he should have been heavily fined and benched by the team. Now it has happened in a crucial game. Send him packing.

  8. Walker has now proven with his second disqualification in one season for the same offense that he needs professional anger management very badly.how many other times off the field has he been involved in attacks on people we have not heard of,has he been arrested in his past for uncalled for violence.he isnt in a street gang anymore.

  9. His fellow rookie from UGA should have been ejected as well for bumping up on the same 5’6″ 140lb guy. Real tough guys there and dumber than bags of hammers to boot. Packers’ fans can get used to those two idiots costing them more games in the future.

    You can’t fix stupid.

  10. Why was 95 not ejected?. He chest bumped the same medical staffer immediately after he was shoved by Quey. Please go back and look at it…95 should have been ejected and faced the same penalties.

  11. Packers fan here. What an immature punk that guy is. That penalty emotionally deflated the Packers, which is to say nothing of how tone deaf it was to attack a medical worker now of all times in the NFL. Get him off the team.

  12. This week is a prime example why I laugh when people say the league is a family and brotherhood. No, it’s a league of fragile, angry, violent, mentally weak players that pretend to care in one minute. But the next they’re shoving paramedics and pretending to do cpr as a celebration.

  13. What about the other Packers player who bumped into the trainer intentionally right after?
    Go look at the tape.

  14. I don’t agree. He was checking to see that his old teammate from Georgia, Swift, was okay and felt someone push him and pushed back. I think he thought it was a Detroit player. It was a mistake. I think it deserved a penalty. I don’t think the ejection was right given the circumstances.

  15. Quay Walker’s ejection and Rasul Douglas’ foolish penalty earlier in the game that directly led to Detroit scoring are both indications that LaFleur’s team lacks discipline. Both player are also defensive players and there has long been talk the defensive players don’t respect DC Joe Barry. Changes on both sides of the ball need to be made before next season.

  16. As a Packer fan I’m totally embarrassed this jackass is on the roster this morning. Release him now!

  17. Don’t forget about the intentional bump from No. 95 also in that clip. Both of those guys should be suspended.

  18. Walker’s stupidity was a major turning point in the game and is one, if not the, reason the Packers will not be in the playoffs.

  19. That’s on you LaFleur. You’re the head coach. You’re supposed to set the tone. You plead and grovel with Rodgers while he is taking a wrecking ball to the Packers, you lose big games in the critical moments. Your team has no character.Maybe it’s time for you to go LaFleur.

  20. Also refs missed the blatant elbow to the head of Swift on the play. That was more blatant than Burfict on Brown. NHL that’s an ejection and multiple game suspension. Yep, the league sure is a family and brotherhood lol.

  21. How about the player who gave him the walk into. I don’t recall his number but he purposely walked into after with the shoulder shove after Walker. That’s a team who thinks they’re better then there record, it’s called the Rodgers arrogance.

  22. If LaFleur truly believes that what Walker did was “unacceptable” (it was), he has the power to do something about it, and should.

    Why didn’t LaFleur and the Packers suspend Walker for “actions detrimental to the team” already?

    No, the spineless HC and team president will wait for the NFL to do their job for them.

  23. Get ready for every player to try to punk this guy to get a reaction.
    He won’t be able to keep his cool. Can’t imagine what he does behind closed doors when 20 million people aren’t watching.
    Hate to be this guys dog

  24. Did you see him pout all the way back to the locker room? It was seriously like watching an undeveloped 5 year old throw a temper tantrum. This guy is an adult. He has no business being on a team with that emotional immaturity level regardless how gifted he is physically. Grow up and stop acting and crying like a child.

  25. He had more ejections than sacks this year.

    I don’t think this should cost him his career, but it probably needs to cost him his career in Green Bay.

  26. The Packers looked like a bunch of bums last night. Total lack of leadership and accountability.

  27. What about the other Packer that impeded the trainer’s ability to get to the injured Lion? He should be catching heat for his actions too. Classless.

  28. Same with the defensive lineman who puffed his chest out and bumped the trainer. What about the guy that clotheslined DeAndre Swift? Lost a bunch of respect for the entire Green Bay team, coach included.

  29. No excuse for what he did but I think they said he went to the same college as Swift and they were close friends so he may have been trying to see how he was doing

  30. Without Rodgers, Packer fans are going to soon realize that Nathaniel Hackett didn’t fall too far from his tree he came off of. Said it after he kicked that idiotic FG in the NFC championship against the Bucs. They should have fired him then.

  31. “That is unacceptable. I’ve got a much higher standard for our players than to do silly things like that. We’ve got a guy ejected twice. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in my career.” – Matt LaFleur

    Matt, even after saying you have higher standards, I’d be shocked to see you and the Packers do something before the league does.

  32. Don’t give 95 a free pass. Devonte Wyatt also proceeded to body check the same medical guy right after. What helped give Damar Hamlin a chance was the quick response of the medical professionals. If these medical professionals have to push you out the way, which this guy didn’t do anyway, don’t take it personally! Also, I read Walker and Wyatt played with Swift at Georgia and they were concerned, but that’s a horrible take because why then would you push and body check one of the medical assistants about to deliver aid to your friend?! More than just “unacceptable.”

  33. Two Words…

    Good Bye

    He should lose the Supreme privilege of playing NFL Football.

    No excuse… at all… none…

  34. Walker was only one of three despicable Packers in that moment. First there was Jarran Reed’s cheapshot forearm to Swift’s head that caused the training staff to come on the field, then there was Wyatt’s low class move, but forgotten in this was that Devonte Wyatt also bumped the the Lions training staff member from behind. They all should be fined/suspended.

    Was glad to see this classless bunch lose.

  35. Gone. Done. Booted. Fired. No excuses – out of the league. If the NFL is so pro – athlete safety and image than he has to be gone.

  36. The penalty also came at a critical time during the game. It’s not a stretch to say it cost Green Bay the game. The kid needs to deal with the weight of that all offseason. You could see how disappointed he was with himself on his walk back through the tunnel.

    He needs to grow up for sure and what he did was completely unacceptable but he can take the offseason to mature. If I’m LeFleur, I’m telling him this is strike two. The next incident will be his last and no other NFL team would sign him.

  37. The league all week and all the TV shows showed their support and appreciation for the training staff and doctors that saved Hamlin life. This character threw all that away by sucker punching a trainer on the field for an injury. If the Green Bay organization had any class, this guy would be cut today. The league should suspend him for a year and all of a certain sports network should talk nothing today but this cheap action of an NFL player.

  38. Disappointed that Matt didn’t immediately pull Walker and send him to locker room. Head coach needs to set an example.

  39. Wow, here come the overreactions. Indefinite suspension? Cut him? Ban him? It was a push and he did get punished. He will get fined. The false outrage is in full force this morning!

  40. His immediate termination and black listing from the league are required. It is one thing to touch a ref. When someone is a first responder, you treat them with the utmost respect lest you forget that could be you on the ground needing attention. But that team is filled with low rent character guys starting with their QB and starting running back.

  41. Quay Walker should have not been in the way in the first place and yes the medical staff was trying to get to the one hurt. Hello Quay these guys save lives or was you not paying attention to what just happen this past Monday night. I hope the league makes an example out Quay Walker by suspending him for a year and if it ever happens again he should be thrown out of the league.

  42. One of the problems is the coach has to speak for him instead of Walker facing the media and answering why he acts like a fourth grade bully. He’s too childish to explain his own behavior.

  43. Maybe a lengthy suspension will send a message to him and don’t stop there. Their other draft pick pushed a medical staff person as well. The league needs to make an example out of these guys so that doesn’t happen again.

  44. I am a fan of the Washington Team so I am well versed in what futile coaching looks like:

    Green bag, you have a coach who is useless as displayed when all he could do was mumble “play smart!” To the player who just shoved the trainer.

  45. Football says:
    January 9, 2023 at 5:57 am
    If he simply did an unprovoked shove of a medical personal because they were coming to aid a down player for the opposing league (was that truly the context here? I did not see it) then I personally think thats indefinite suspension material.

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    Walker was standing over a couple of medical staff looking after Williams and he was in the path of another approaching medical staff. The approaching, but unseen, medical staff grabbed Walker’s arm to move him aside (as he should). Walker took a step back to regain balance and pushed the now clearly visible medical staff in the back with two arms, who then stumbled into the other attending staff. No clue what he was thinking at the time. Camera footage of him walking down the locker room tunnel appear to echo the total lack of awareness (he seemed to be saying distraughtedly “why did I do that?”).

  46. Clearly an incredibly dumb reaction by Walker. That said, the kid was obviously super distraught and incredibly upset with himself. Had he not shown that obvious contrition, I would agree with many of you.

    I think it’s a call to NY to sit down with the league and imprint on this super young and impulsive kid that this is it, Any more actions like this and he’ll sit for a while.

  47. Devonte Wyatt is not without blame also. He comes over and “defends” his teammate by shoulder bumping the trainer and staring him down. What is wrong with these people? Trying to start an altercation with the training staff? They both deserve to sit without pay for a very very long time.

  48. How about the actions of the player that caused the injury? Or the player that then chest bumped and tried to intimidate the medical staffer. Three players had actions that need to be addressed.

  49. I think context is really important here. Quay was teammates with Swift at Georgia. He was making sure to stay around and near one of his college teammates. Got pushed in the back and thought it was a Lions player so retaliated because he was concerned for one of his brothers.

    It’s not like he’s an evil dude shoving medical staff for no reason. I know it’s fun to have villains but this was a 21 year old kid concerned about a teammate he spent more time with at Georgia than he has any memember of the Green Bay Packers so far.

  50. Walker needs to be heavily fined and suspended for at least 8 games next season. Loose cannons have no place on the football field. Shoving, hindering, a delaying medical personnel from aid and injured player is “Bush League” and the NFL needs to deal harshly with the player or just outright cut him.

  51. Seems to be a Packer problem. Ex-Packer Devante Adam’s also thinks he can treat people this way

  52. What about GB #95, who moved in to do the same thing to the training staff? Ban 7 because he did it, Suspend 95 because he was intending to.

  53. That’s on the GM. You can’t bring in guys that can’t control themselves, and then tell the coach it’s his responsibility to control them.

  54. How about the other Packer who “accidentily” bumped the med guy right after Walker?

  55. If you play the Packers next year he is your mark when you need a 1st down and 15 yards late in a game. The guy has zero self control.

  56. This and the guy trying to swat the ball out of the center’s hands on the FG try were out of their minds moments.

  57. The most recent instance of shoving the trainer is his most appalling offense.
    But the two instances duscussed are not isolated. I thought he should have been ejected for body slamming an opposing WR in the last Viking Packer game.

    If he is not suspended for this instance then I’ll be shocked.

  58. If LaFleur was a good coach, he would have pulled Quay off the field immediately. His actions speak louder than his words.

  59. I don’t think we should punish more severely in light of the Hamlin situation.

    The question would be: what penalty would Walker’s actions have drawn before the Hamlin injury?

  60. Yes Lafleur, you’re absolutely right. Walker’s actions were completely unacceptable. But you know what was even more unacceptable? That would be the horrendous play this season of the 42 million dollar star QB, Aaron Rodgers,who save for a few great games, was gawd awful for most of the season. And once again, came up small when it mattered the most just like the last two seasons when the Pack were the #1 seed. And Rodgers skipping spring practice and summer mini-camp to do whatever showed his selfishness and lack of commitment to the team, yet he still demanded his 42 million. And it showed on the field with the offense looking totally out of sync for the first ten games. That’s completely on Rodgers and he deserves all the criticism in the world for the Pack’s failure to reach the postseason.

  61. All three Packers should be suspended the first game of next year. The guy that did the forearm shiver to the defenseless Swift, the guy who shoved the trainer and the guy who chest bumped the trainer. All totally classless and worthy of a suspension for a game.

  62. Jarren Reeds clothesline was worse than anything the Georgia Boys did.

  63. I think there are more people here asking for him to be cut and banned for one shove than wanted Watson banned for assaulting dozens of women.

    More evidence that most people are completely irrational.

  64. If Matt thought Walker’s actions were so bad, why’d he leave him in the game for the next play until the refs stopped it to eject him? Matt could have pulled him and/or sent him to the locker room.

  65. Everything runs downhill. Lafluer needs to be fired for allowing this behavior. This punk should be coached up not coddled.

  66. TheGreenandCold says:
    January 9, 2023 at 9:19 am
    I think context is really important here. Quay was teammates with Swift at Georgia. He was making sure to stay around and near one of his college teammates. Got pushed in the back and thought it was a Lions player so retaliated because he was concerned for one of his brothers.

    It’s not like he’s an evil dude shoving medical staff for no reason. I know it’s fun to have villains but this was a 21 year old kid concerned about a teammate he spent more time with at Georgia than he has any memember of the Green Bay Packers so far

    ////////////////

    Um…..no. We all saw what happened. Obviously you did not.

  67. Walker is fast, but soft. What’s unacceptable is the offense. The defense seems to give up big plays at critical times, but they held one of the top scoring offenses to 20 points.

  68. Such a complete idiot. He 100 percent cost them the game.
    ==========

    Bad run defense
    Terrible coverages
    No pass rush

    … seems like I’ve read this book before

  69. If Matt thought Walker’s actions were so bad, why’d he leave him in the game for the next play until the refs stopped it to eject him? Matt could have pulled him and/or sent him to the locker room.
    ==========

    Exactly!

  70. Funny how most people on here whine about cancel culture, but love to call for it when it suits their faux rage. What he did was ejection worthy and maybe a game or two suspension worthy, but in no way was it any more than that. He got shoved out of the way and shoved back and then that was it. It was a stupid thing to do, but it was a knee-jerk reaction and he stopped as soon as he realized what he had done. There were no punches, swings of the helmet, etc. The guy that was down was his former teammate and he was concerned for him.

  71. LaFleur and McCarthy have shown what worthless coaches they are when their QBs don’t play weii, and obviously both have discipline issues, too. A has been and a never will be.

  72. Walker needs to take a long look in the mirror. This is the second time Walker was ejected from a game in his first year.

  73. getem says:
    January 9, 2023 at 7:40 am
    Also refs missed the blatant elbow to the head of Swift on the play. That was more blatant than Burfict on Brown. NHL that’s an ejection and multiple game suspension. Yep, the league sure is a family and brotherhood lol.
    ——————
    The elbow to the head was accidental, the runner face planted into the defender’s elbow as he was being tackled.

  74. I agree with everybody who says LaFleur needs to go. All you have to do is compare his in-game interview to that of Dan Campbell’s to see that LaFleur is not a leader of men. And whatever offensive genius vibe he brought in with him 4 years ago has already been lapped by offensive innovations that teams like the Lions displayed last night. Pretty sure that last in the league on 1st & goal TD conversion is not an aberration for this LaFleur offense.
    Go Pack, and grab Demeco Ryans to lead the team into 2023.

  75. Well after perusing a bunch of venomous comments I will take Walker’s side. I don’t believe he intended to do it at all, it was an impulse control problem, one he was clearly upset at himself about in the tunnel. I certainly did not see a childish tantrum as one inane poster put it, I saw someone in pain with his actions, trying to get better. He did it and has to accept the consequences but some understanding might go along way.

  76. Reed’s clothesline ‘tackle’ was the reason for all of this in the first place. And it took Walkers idiot move for the first penalty flag to fly.

  77. How about the forearm to the head of Swift? That was way more dangerous than a little shove.

  78. The soon to be 40 old QB choked once again it’s Deja Vu out with the old in with the new let the Love era begin.

  79. What was he doing initially when he walked between the O-line and D-line to remove the ball from the center?

  80. MY QUESTION IS…..where were the referees while all this was happening…the officals in new york had to step in and make the decisions for them…they also should be fined and suspended…but we all know Roger wont let this happen…

  81. This is completely overblown. Sure he should of got the unsportsmanlike, but let’s hold everyone to the same exact standards. The trainer did indeed use his forearm to get Quay out the way. He had no reason to. He could of said excuse me or simply placed his hand on him to wiggle his way in. There was no reason for him to push Quay initially in a ‘move out my way’ manner. Quay reacted as would most folks to another rude person. This is ridiculous, he gave him a very very light shove as if to say ‘hey..no need for that’.

  82. Jarran Reed’s vicious and intentional elbow to Swift’s face while he was already down and in the grasp of a defender should be a multiple game suspension for Reed. Walker and Wyatt (#95) should also be suspended. Green Bay is a punk team that got exactly what they deserved from the Lions last night.

  83. I didn’t have to read many comments to realize what ridiculousness is so easily tapped at a keyboard by so many people. Cut him? He’s a #1 draft choice! Suspend him? Yeah, if it was your team you’d be saying that! BAN him? My, the judgement from the hip is so easy when you are anonymous!
    None of these commenters has ever had an emotional reaction. Walker was touched first by the medical person. Granted it wasn’t hard and Walker was crowded closer to the situation than was necessary. How may of you slowed down to see a car accident? Walker is a rookie. He’s HUMAN. He will have the whole off-season to think about what he did and very likely some ugly consequences to deal with. We all deserve a chance to grow.

  84. As a Packers fan, please cut him. I know he was a 1st round pick but if it truly is unacceptable, get him out of the building.

  85. So long as he is worthy of starting on the field, he can do this every week & not be at risk of being fired. Even if so he’d have a new team within 48 hours. The only players that get fired for chronic behavior like this are benchwarmers, 7th round picks, UDFAs, etc.

  86. There was a second player that came in right after “The Shove” and shoulder hit the trainer. Why isn’t he being fined? He went out of his way to do it. Both are losers.

  87. I think it’s time for everyone to realize this dude likely has emotional/mental health issues.
    To see him behave like this suggests that he has control issues.

    For those who didn’t see it, what happened was Walker was standing around the gathered medical staff and downed player. The medical guy he shoved approached the gathering and very gently put his hand on Walker, with the “please give us some space” kind of touch. To which Walker then shoved the guy in the back, like “Don’t you DARE touch me.”

    Telling you.. this is the kind of guy who kicks dogs and beats women when not in front of a camera. Get him some help and get him off the field until it’s proven he has gotten the help he needs and can handle his aggression.

  88. Mikey to Walker. “Now Quay don’t do that. That’s not nice. Now go sit in the corner.” Just like Mikey deals with AR. “Now Aaron, how about being a team guy? Come to the OTAs and be nice / play with the kids….please.”

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