Sep 11, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 20-17 on Monday night.

But the battle didn’t stop after the final whistle was blown.

In a video captured near a tunnel in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, Panthers defensive tackle Derrick Brown and Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas can be seen exchanging words before Brown charges after Thomas and is forcefully restrained. It remains unclear what led up to the fight, which occurred as Thomas was reportedly entering the stadium’s X-ray room.

You can see the skirmish below. Warning: it includes some inappropriate language.

Taking to the social media platform known as X on Tuesday afternoon, Thomas appeared to address the matter.

“They tried to set me up,” the Ohio State product posted with a trio of crying laughing emojis, later adding: “They was playing good snoop dogg after I was just trying to do my dance.”

As the video of the altercation went viral on social media on Tuesday afternoon, NFL fans and media members took to social media to weigh in.

As for the game itself, Thomas tallied seven receptions for 55 yards, while Brown recorded seven tackles, four of which were solo stops. With the Saints laying claim to a 2-0 record and the Panthers starting the 2023 campaign 0-2, the two teams will meet again in Week 16 on Dec. 10 in New Orleans.

[@JonoBarnes on X]

About Ben Axelrod

Ben Axelrod is a veteran of the sports media landscape, having most recently worked for NBC's Cleveland affiliate, WKYC. Prior to his time in Cleveland, he covered Ohio State football and the Big Ten for outlets including Cox Media Group, Bleacher Report, Scout and Rivals.