Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Vernon Butler Jr. will definitely not be qualifying for Santa’s nice list this year after his performance on Sunday.
Butler was ejected after he punched Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle in the face when Doyle was laying on the ground following a play in the first half.
Things escalated quickly when Butler dragged down Colts guard Mark Glowinski by his facemask and in the process knocked Doyle to the ground as well.
Butler, who was like a human wrecking ball, then took a shot at Doyle’s face that led to his ejection.
On his way to the locker room, Butler would go on to flip-off some Colts fans to cap quite the sequence for the fourth-year pro out of Louisiana Tech.
Doyle, who was the recipient of the punch, seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Instead of striking Glowinski, who Butler was initially involved with, the Panthers’ DL targeted Doyle who fell after being knocked down when Glowinski was pushed into him.
Butler, a 2016 first-round pick by the Panthers, has six sacks on the season after recording only two sacks in his first three seasons in Carolina.
The Panthers didn’t pick up Butler’s fifth-year option leading up to this season, which will make him a free agent in 2020.
The 25-year-old will most likely be facing a suspension and fine from the NFL for his actions on Sunday.
Vernon Butler Apologizes For Actions, Admits He Punched Wrong Player
Vernon Butler met with reporters after the Panthers’ 38-6 blowout loss to the Colts and apologized for losing his cool on Sunday.
“I shouldn’t have hit anybody in the first place,” said Butler. “That’s not me and not my character. I want to apologize to the organization for it and to my teammates.”
Butler would go on to say that he mistakenly hit Jack Doyle, thinking he was Mark Glowinski (#64), the player he was originally involved in a tussle with.
“I take full responsibility for it. That’s not me, it won’t happen again,” said Butler. He also apologized for giving the middle finger to the Colts fans, saying “I should have kept my cool.”