Jan 9, 2023Packers’ LB Walker Ejected After Pushing Lions’ ATC
Six days after the Buffalo Bills medical staff saved the live of safety Damar Hamlin, a Green Bay Packers linebacker was ejected from competition after shoving an athletic trainer from the Detroit Lions’ staff while attending to an injured player on the field.
Quay Walker was quickly ejected from the game — the second time he’s been ejected this season.
A recent story from Yahoo! Sports highlighted Walkers’ action and the reaction from those on both teams. Below is an excerpt from the Yahoo! Sports article.
Midway through the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field, Lions athletic training staff ran out onto the field to tend to running back D’Andre Swift, who was injured on a 2-yard run. As the athletic trainer tried to navigate through players to reach Swift, he brushed by Walker who then shoved him in the back, which drew the flag and an ejection.
The athletic trainer moved Walker out of the way slightly to get in so he could access Swift on the ground, but it was nothing out of the ordinary.
Several other players from both teams quickly stepped in to de-escalate the situation while Walker didn’t seem to understand why he was being penalized.
Packers LB Quay Walker was disqualified for pushing a Lions trainer. pic.twitter.com/KSOVVSZ9yV
— ESPN (@espn) January 9, 2023
“That is unacceptable,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said after the game. “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.”
The former Georgia standout had seven total tackles when he was tossed.
I want to apologize publicly about what happened Sunday night. I reacted off of my emotions again and take full responsibility of making another stupid decision. Since then I’ve questioned myself on why did I do what I did when the trainer was doing his job!! I was wrong!!
— Quay (@QuayWalker_) January 9, 2023
To read the full story from Yahoo! Sports about Walker’s ejection, click here.