Packers’ Quay Walker apologizes for shoving Lions doctor

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers linebacker Quay Walker apologized after the second ejection of his rookie season and said he spoke directly to the Detroit Lions doctor he had. shoved in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game.

Walker issued an apology via Twitter and expressed his regret again when speaking to reporters on Monday.

“Another rookie mistake,” Walker said. “Selfish. Just a selfish act on my part. Very, just very dumb and stupid. I will say immature of me. Again, I made the same mistake twice. I always feel like I reacted in a way excessive sometimes and I did it again last night. That was about it.

The incident happened Sunday during Detroit’s touchdown midway through the fourth quarter of a 20-16 Lions win that kept the Packers from reaching the playoffs. Walker was right behind two Lions staffers as they assisted Detroit running back D’Andre Swift, Walker’s former Georgia teammate.

Lions team doctor Sean Lynch placed his left hand on Walker’s right elbow to keep him away from staff members so he could watch Swift as well. Walker then shoved Lynch in the back.

Packers rookie defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt – who also played in Georgia with Walker and Swift – then appeared to bump his left shoulder into Lynch’s back but was not penalized.

Walker said he was in the area because he wanted to see how his former teammate was doing in college, but now realizes he shouldn’t have done anything to interfere with Lions staffers.

“I have to step aside and let him do his job and that’s it,” Walker said.

Walker said he apologized to his teammates and contacted the Lions.

“I made a mistake, I did what I did and I own it,” Walker said. “It’s just something I have to live with. It’s a mistake I made and I’m just praying they forgive me and that’s all I can do at this point – and admit it all and deal with whatever comes with it. That’s all I can do.

Cameras showed a visibly frustrated Walker heading towards the locker room after he was ejected.

The Packers selected Walker and Wyatt in the first round of the 2022 draft, taking Walker 22nd overall and Wyatt 28th.

It was the second time Walker had been ejected from a game in his rookie season. He was also ejected in an Oct. 30 loss to Buffalo. after jostling the Bills’ practice squad, tight end Zach Davidson on the sidelines.

“For people who don’t know me, I did the same thing twice, so I put out this image that I don’t want of myself, but I did,” Walker said. “So I have to live with it. I can’t quite change the way people see me. I’m doing my best to try to change it, but you know what I’m saying. I can’t control this. It’s out of my control. Once again, I pray that they forgive me. Again, I’m human like everyone else. And I have to face everything that I did last night and live with it.”

Packers coach Matt LaFleur expressed disappointment Sunday night and called Walker’s action unacceptable. While speaking about the incident on Monday, LaFleur credited Walker with apologizing and taking responsibility for what happened.

“I don’t think Quay is a malicious person,” LaFleur said. “I think he needs to find a way to channel his emotions better in the heat of the moment because it’s certainly gotten the better of him twice now, and he’s well aware of that. I know he feels very evil.


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