Cornerback Jaire Alexander has been placed on the reserve/suspended list for one NFL game, according to an announcement made by the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday. The reason for this decision is that Alexander’s behavior was harmful to the organization.
Alexander had inserted himself to be a part of the coin toss prior to the game between the Packers and the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, despite the fact that he was not a team captain.
His efforts almost led to a catastrophic error for a club that was attempting to fight its way into the playoffs. This move comes after Alexander had caused the Packers to lose their game against the Panthers.
So, the Green Bay #Packers have suspended star CB Jaire Alexander one game for conduct detrimental to the team for crashing the coin toss prior to the game against the Panthers. After the game, Alexander said he did it because he’s from Charlotte. pic.twitter.com/HttTXHgQ1K
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During the game between the Packers and the Panthers, which the Packers won 33-30 on the road, Alexander had thrown the coin toss when the team captains were at midfield.
Immediately following the Packers’ victory in the coin toss, Alexander stated that Green Bay desired to play defense, which is not the same thing as choosing to defer the game.
After that, the referee was required to reveal the decision that Alexander had made on behalf of Green Bay. In the absence of the involvement of the referee, who inquired as to whether Alexander had, in fact, intended to defer rather than defend, Carolina would have been awarded the football to begin both halves of the game.
Following the conclusion of the game, the head coach of the Packers, Matt LaFleur, stated to the reporters that what Alexander did was “a big mistake.”
Alexander, on the other hand, did not appear to exhibit any signs of regret on Sunday. He told reporters after the game that he wanted to be out there since he is from Charlotte.
“The decision to suspend a player is never easy and not one we take lightly,” said Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst in a statement after the punishment was announced on Wednesday. “We take the decision to suspend a player very seriously.”
“Unfortunately, the acts that Jaire took prior to the game in Carolina were the reason that we decided to take this move. Gutekunst continued by saying, “As an organization, we have an expectation that everyone puts the team first with their priorities.”
“Although we are dissatisfied, we had a productive talk with Jaire this morning, and we have every expectation that he will take away something valuable from this experience as we move forward together.
Because he is a valuable member of this team and will continue to be in the future, we are looking forward to having him back with us the following week.