Carolina Panthers punter Johnny Hekker took the bait on Sunday within the recreation towards the Miami Dolphins and was penalized.
Hekker misplaced his cool as Dolphins linebacker Cameron Goode received in his face. It’s unclear what the 2 gamers have been speaking about, nevertheless it was sufficient for the punter to throw his personal head towards Goode.
The punter initially pushed Goode away from the sideline after which received into his face. Hekker initially appeared to have headbutted Goode, and the linebacker fell to the bottom. Nevertheless, Goode was seen smiling on the bottom as a penalty was known as on the Panthers captain.
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Hekker talked concerning the second to reporters after the sport.
“It was not a headbutt,” he insisted. “There was no malintent. It was a second the place I used to be simply strolling up and having additional dialog with the man after the play. Bought shut, possibly received baited just a little bit. And he flopped again and fell backwards and took the ref out within the course of. The ref took offense to that, threw the flag.
“Put myself in a nasty scenario. Actually, I gotta personal that. It was nothing price pursuing. The play was lifeless and over. There was no purpose to return after guys. It’s frustration within the second and also you gotta do like while you’re taught like a child—simply stroll away. You simply gotta stroll away.”
Hekker stated he and Goode’s masks “barely touched” and stated Goode “bought it nicely.”
Miami received the recreation 42-21 after happening 14-0 early.