Washington’s Daron Payne Says He, Jonathan Allen ‘Everything Is Fine’ After ‘Brotherly Disagreement’ In Cowboys Game
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The temples ignited during the “Sunday Night Football” game between Washington and the Cowboys – not between the teams.
The cameras surprised Washington teammates Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen in a sideline scuffle following a Dallas scoreline that gave the Cowboys a 28-7 lead in the second quarter. Payne, who was standing, was seen sticking his index finger into Allen’s temple, causing Allen to stand up and punch his teammate. The two were separated by defensive line coach Sam Mills III.
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NBC lineup reporter Michele Tafoya reported during the game that it is not known what caused the fight between Payne and Allen, although she said Payne was “extremely angry” with Allen. Payne, speaking to reporters after the game – a 56-14 win for the Cowboys – said the two were “all good,” but didn’t provide much explanation as to the cause of the disagreement.
“It’s just a little brotherly disagreement,” Payne told reporters after the game. “Maybe in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it happened. It is.”
Payne was then asked to clarify the cause of the disagreement, which he declined. He said the two reconciled simply by playing soccer again (the two were seen side-by-side along Washington’s defensive front after the brawl).
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Payne was asked what triggered the brawl, given that this is the first time this has happened, most notably during a game and given that the two were college teammates in Alabama in 2015 and 2016.
“I mean, do you have any brothers?” You all fight, don’t you? said Payne. “St is coming. “
Payne was then asked if something like this had ever happened, to which he replied, “I mean, I have a bunch of brothers.”
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Below is Payne’s explanation of the incident (warning – explicit language used):
Washington coach Ron Rivera also discussed the post-game brawl, saying he was only aware after it happened. He said he spoke to both players, declining to reveal what they discussed. No sanctions will be imposed by Washington as a result of the brawl.
Washington returns to play Sunday against the Eagles before concluding the regular season on the road against the Giants. With its loss, Washington now has about a 5% chance of qualifying for the NFL playoffs.
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