With less than a minute left in the Seattle Seahawks 30-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the game got ugly.
It started with some post-play pushing and shoving after the Jags went into the victory formation.
On the next play there was more pushing and shoving, and when the dust settled, Seattle defensive end Quinton Jefferson was ejected. The second-year player accepted his punishment and was running off the field when a projectile whizzed past his head.
That's when he snapped. He ran to confront a slew of Jags fans and when he was nearly hit in the head with another object, he tried to go full Artest. A big wall and a couple big men stopped Jefferson before the scene could get any uglier.
"Folks in the stands was throwing beer and throwing soda, whatever. I mean, I don't know what I'm supposed to do," Jefferson told reporters after the game. "I'm a human just like anybody else. I'm a man just like the other man in the stands. I'm not going to let somebody disrespect me, throw a beer on me."
"Just because I'm playing football, I'm still a human being. I'm still a man. I'm out there playing a game, and at the end of the day, it's a game, and I'm a man. I'm not going to let somebody disrespect me like that."
When a reporter asked Jefferson if he thought it was the right decision to try to climb into the stands, he said, "I don't know. Was it the right call for him to throw beer on me? I'm just wondering if it was the right call for him to throw a beer on me. Just saying."
There is, of course, a difference between a guy who's been drinking for three hours and one who's at work, getting paid tons of money. Can't blame Jefferson for being angry and feeling disrespected, but climbing into the stands to fight fans is forwnded upon in the world of professional sports.
Then again, if this account from his teammate Jarran Reed is true, then Jefferson's attempt to knock these dudes out was totally justified.