When Washington collapsed in the AT&T Stadium, flat temps also appeared on the sidelines. Defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne, who were teammates at Alabama, got into a fight that captured NBC’s broadcast on camera.
Payne appeared to stick a finger in his teammate’s face and wrestled Allen by slapping him.
“I do not think it needs a rocket scientist … If you look at how that game went, emotions are high, things are high, things happen,” Allen told reporters after the game when asked about the battle.
Payne described the incident as “just a bit of fraternal disagreement; maybe the wrong place, wrong time, but it happened.”
Washington is now 6-9 after three defeats in a row with its hopes after the season already just over.
Washington coach Ron Rivera said he had talked to both players about what had happened on the sidelines, but that no disciplinary action would be taken against them.
“I’ve talked to her, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s where it stays,” Rivera told reporters. “What my players say to me is nobody’s his business.”
Allen was asked if the dispute had anything to do with how multiple player injuries and Covid-19 problems have recently affected the Washington team.
“It definitely affects us, but as professionals it’s our job to go out and play good football, which for the last two weeks has been one of the worst footballs I’ve ever been a part of – including myself.We have no one to blame apart from ourselves.
“If anything happens on the field, you never let it get into the locker room,” Allen added. “Things get heated, we repair them, we sit as I grow and we go on.
“I will take full responsibility for my actions and so will Payne.”
Holden Perrelli contributed to this report.