Justin Jefferson

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson lost his cool during Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. The star receiver nearly got himself in seriously hot water after he accidentally struck an official with his helmet during an outburst.

After a Kirk Cousins pass intended for Jefferson got picked off by Green Bay safety Adrian Amos in the second quarter, Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander gave Jefferson a little shove at the end of the play.

Jefferson reacted by ripping his helmet off on the sideline. He started to slam it down, then held back, but he still appeared to graze an official in the back with the helmet.


There was no flag on the Minnesota Vikings star on the play, but there certainly could have been a penalty or even ejection.

Alexander clearly frustrated Jefferson throughout the game. After calling out Jefferson Thursday, saying his great game against the Packers on Sept. 11 was a “fluke,” the Packers Pro Bowl cornerback helped shut him down Sunday.

NFL fans questioned why Jefferson’s outburst did not draw a penalty or ejection.

Apparently Justin Jefferson can hit a ref and not get ejected,” tweeted Chris Hoell.

Why was Justin Jefferson allowed to hit the ref with his helmet?” tweeted Joel Feldhake.

Justin Jefferson is VERY lucky he didn’t just get tossed out of the game,” tweeted a fan.”Intentional or not, how many times have you seen someone bump a ref and get a penalty?”

“Only Justin Jefferson could hit a ref with his helmet and not get ejected,” tweeted Gage Cahoon.



[Pro Football Focus]

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