Although they picked up a dominant win over longtime division rivals the Chicago Bears at home this past Thursday, the Green Bay Packers victory didn't come without a bit of drama.
One Packers cornerback, Damarious Randall, seemed to have gotten into an argument with a coach and was subsequently sent back to the locker room before the game ended as a result, per a report from NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. Following the start of the second half, Randall was benched after allowing a touchdown pass just before the break for halftime. He would later leave the sideline before the end of the game.
A witness reported that Randall left the stadium before the game came to an end, however, another source close to Randall says that isn't true and he left after the game was finished. Yesterday (Friday, September 29, 2017) Randall reportedly met with head coach Mike McCarthy to discuss what went down during the game.
McCarthy spoke to the media yesterday afternoon following his meeting with Randall to address the issue, and admitted that the decision to send Randall to the locker room was his decision (quotes via NFL.com):
"Damarious Randall last night was a coach's decision, my decision to send him to the locker room," McCarthy said Friday afternoon when asked by reporters about the incident, "It's an internal matter as I stated last night.
"Anytime things happen throughout the course of our operation, whether it's on the game, practice, so forth I can promise you there's dialogue and it's an internal matter that's being handled internally.
"I will make it clear as it was on the field. It was a coach's decision, my decision, for Damarious to go into the locker room.
"It did happen on the playing field. I've addressed the decision that was made and also addressed the environment we're working in so it was a coach's decision to have him leave the field.
"It's conversation that as I said always goes on in any type of situation and when we come back Tuesday, Damarious will be ready to roll with the rest of our football team."
What are your thoughts on McCarthy sending off Randall early to the locker room before the game ended? Do you think he made the right call? Or should Randall had retreated back to the locker room with the rest of the team after the game ended? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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