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The Washington Football team’s momentum was swinging wildly and brutally at first. After then, it was up to the players.
A dismal 15-day run for Washington came to an end on Sunday night. They were riding high on a four-game winning run when they entered the field against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 12 at home, bringing them to 6-6 and giving them a chance to make a true race of the NFC East.
However, they lost that Sunday afternoon, were diagnosed with Covid-19, had their next game pushed out to last Tuesday, and were then physically ran over by the Philadelphia Eagles, dropping to 6-8 and out of playoff contention.
Then, finally, and finally, Washington onto the field in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday night, and was blasted out in spectacular manner in the first half.
And it was at that point that the emotions of another devastating Beltway season, one that had carried so much promise at one point but was now blazing ashes on the field at AT&T Stadium, erupted in wrath for everyone to witness.
Washington defensive tackle Jonathan Allen fired a roundhouse punch at teammate defensive lineman Daron Payne and had to be separated in one cringe-worthy moment captured by NBC cameras and televised around the globe.
Allen and Payne, college classmates and trench ‘brothers,’ made for unexpected fighters.
Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne
When Allen and Payne, sat next to one other, came to blows in the second quarter, Washington was down 28-7 — it would ultimately be 42-7 at halftime in a horribly one-sided game.
In the NFL, it was as improbable a pair of opponents as you could imagine. Allen and Payne have only played for one collegiate team, Alabama, and one professional club, Washington, and the only reason they haven’t been teammates every season since Allen joined the Crimson Tide in 2013 is because they departed in separate years.
However, they have been NFL colleagues since 2018, after their two collegiate seasons together. After the game, Payne would exclaim, “They’re football brothers.” And we’ve all seen what happens when the younger brother picks a fight with the elder sibling at the worst possible time.
After Dallas took a 28-7 lead on an eight-play, 75-yard drive, Allen and Payne, who were always connected by their Nos. 93 and 94, began a conversation that was mainly Payne talking to an unresponsive Allen. Payne rose to his feet and thrust his finger into Allen’s face. Whatever point Payne was making, Allen countered by rising from his seat and swinging a full right-handed swing at him. Although the two were quickly separated, the reaction on Sunday Night Football was not kind.
After the game, Allen observed, “I don’t believe it takes a rocket scientist.” “If you look at how the game proceeded, there are a lot of emotions, a lot of things that happen.”
The Washington Redskins were reeling after one of the greatest losses in the rivalry’s history against the Dallas Cowboys.
Payne remained agitated long after the brawl was broken up, but finally, calmer heads prevailed, as did the Cowboys, who won 56-7. Dallas scored eight touchdowns in a game for just the second time in team history.
“It was just a small brotherly quarrel; maybe the wrong location, wrong time,” Payne said.
Payne was questioned by an incredulous reporter about how such good friends and longtime teammates could come to blows in the middle of a nationally televised game.
“Do you have brothers?” Isn’t it true that you all fight? “Stuff occurs.”
Payne is correct in his assessment. Intrasquad squabbles are as common as water bottles and taped names on helmets at training camp. But what occurred on Sunday night wasn’t some sweltering August practice with no cameras present, when players jostling for jobs might sometimes come to blows.
Even the Cowboys are aware of it, as seen by the time backup quarterback Clint Longley, a legend in his own eyes, launched a sucker punch at Roger Staubach, of all people, during training camp in 1975. Longley was quickly dealt.
Coach Ron Rivera of the Washington Wizards had no intention of doing anything that drastic, if anything at all. After the game, he was notified of what had occurred and talked with both players, he said. Most importantly, Rivera said that no disciplinary action will be taken.
“I spoke with them, and that’s where it’s going to remain as far as I’m concerned,” Rivera said. “It’s nobody’s business what my players say to me.”
Washington’s playoff prospects aren’t officially finished at 6-9, so they have little option but to press on.
In terms of the actual conflict, the brawl may have been a mere storm in a teacup. There was just one punch thrown, and it didn’t hit hard. However, the argument highlighted the depth of the team’s dissatisfaction, which has been evident since the team’s three-game losing skid began.
Being 6-9 and mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after winning four straight entering into Week 14 is not a place any of them anticipated to be. After a humiliating defeat to the Eagles five days before, the squad seemed to have not only thrown hands, but also thrown up their hands during halftime on Sunday night.
Rivera described the confrontation as “frustration and a desire to win.”
With two games remaining, Washington still has something to play for, regardless of how slim their prospects of securing a Wild Card position are, despite the fact that the New Orleans Saints kept the door open by losing Monday night.
“You never allow whatever happen on the field spill over into the locker room,” Allen added. “When things become hot, we calm down, sit down as mature men, and move on.” Payne and I will both take full responsibility for our acts.”
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