During the first half of the Seattle Seahawks‘ 17-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers, cornerback Jeremy Lane was ejected after he was ruled to have thrown a punch at wide receiver Davante Adams. The decision was viewed to be controversial at the time, with some questioning if a punch was even thrown.
On Friday it was reported that the NFL has decided to not fine Lane, which in the eyes of some could strengthen the argument that the cornerback should not have been ejected, to begin with. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll expressed his displeasure with the ejection following Sunday’s defeat.
“I have seen it. I didn’t see the punch at all,” Carroll said (h/t USA Today). “I’m disappointed that play would have such magnitude on the game. You know, you guys have seen more of it than I have. I just saw the thing on the telephone after the game.”
“But it’s just such a drastic thing to do that I wish that they would have had cooperation from more than one official and just talk about it, and figure it out because it’s such a big call,” Carroll continued. “I’m not even talking about bringing the touchdown back, I’m talking about the ejection in the game. But that’s what they saw, one guy saw it and that’s what they went with. I’m anxious to hear how the league tells us how that went.”
Jeremy Lane’s ejection left the Seahawks down a key contributor, and in a game in which the defense was on the field for more than 39 minutes, having every player available would have helped the team’s cause.