What is Quay Walker’s beef with the employees of the rival teams?
After pushing a Lions athletic trainer during Green Bay’s 20-16 loss to Detroit on Sunday night, the Packers linebacker was ejected and the team was eliminated from playoff contention. Walker, who the Packers selected with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, has now been ejected from a game twice this season for attacking a member of the opposing staff. After the team’s defeat to the Bills on October 30, he was dismissed for pushing one of Buffalo’s assistant coaches.
Walker is the only NFL player to have been ejected twice this season.
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— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 9, 2023
Matt LaFleur, the head coach of the Packers, said following the game, “I’ve got a much higher standard for our players than to do silly things like that.” We’ve had a guy get ejected twice, after all. In my career, I don’t believe I’ve ever witnessed that. And we need to have much stronger mental fortitude.
In the middle of the fourth quarter, with the score 16-13, Lions running back Jamaal Williams caught a brief pass for two yards but remained down in discomfort. One trainer tried to squeeze past Walker to get to Williams as the team’s medical staff entered the field. Walker, however, shoved him with two hands from behind as the trainer tried to do so, sending him stumbling back a few feet.
“That’s ridiculous,” Mike Tirico said on NBC’s broadcast.
Walker was subsequently flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and disqualified from the game. Two plays later, Williams’ 1-yard rushing touchdown gave the Lions their decisive 20-16 lead.
An emotional Walker was seen on on the broadcast screaming as he walked back into the locker room.