The Green Bay Packers selected linebacker Quay Walker out of Georgia in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and he’s been a starter on the Packers’ defense all year. Walker gained some notoriety as a hot head when he was ejected for shoving an opposing staff member against the New York Giants in Week 5. He somehow topped himself on a very similar play in the last game of his rookie season.
Walker was ejected against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter of the regular season finale for shoving a Detroit trainer in the back. The incident occurred after Lions running back D’Andre Swift was injured when he took a brutal blow to the head by Packers defensive linemen Jarran Reed. As the medical staff rushed onto the field to tend to Swift, Walker shoved a trainer from behind. He then looked completely outraged when he was flagged for an obviously stupid play. Watch the video here:
Walker looked upset walking off the field:
He literally was pouting “I didn’t do anything”…— Michelle Magdziuk (@BallBlastEm) January 9, 2023
Sir, you are 22 years old… not 4 pic.twitter.com/u0Ydo39iJi
Walker apologized after the game by making the following statement on Twitter:
I want to apologize publicly about what happened Sunday night. I reacted off of my emotions again and take full responsibility of making another stupid decision. Since then I’ve questioned myself on why did I do what I did when the trainer was doing his job!! I was wrong!!— Quay (@QuayWalker_) January 9, 2023
I understand I have to face everything that comes with the decision I’ve made and I’m definitely paying for it now.— Quay (@QuayWalker_) January 9, 2023
Also to explain my frustration in the tunnel. I wasn’t upset about being kicked out, I just knew I messed up again and was wrong for what I did and couldn’t believe I did it again. To the Detroit lions and to the entire training staff including the person I did that too.I’m sorry— Quay (@QuayWalker_) January 9, 2023
There’s just no reason for a player to shove a trainer like that. It feels especially egregious after the Bills medical staff earned so much acclaim for their role in helping save Damar Hamlin’s life following his medical emergency last week on Monday Night Football.
This entire sequence was just outrageous. Twitter couldn’t believe it.
Jarran Reed forearm shivered a guy in the face and it wasn't even the dumbest thing that happened that minute— Adam Stites (@AdamStites_) January 9, 2023
Quay Walker loves getting ejected. But more importantly, on a week like this, how do you disrespect an athletic trainer!? Just dumb, absolutely dumb. An unfathomable level of insensitivity and stupidity.— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) January 9, 2023
Quay Walker getting ejected twice in one season for shoving opposing coaches is an unbreakable NFL record lmao— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) January 9, 2023
Here’s another look at Walker’s ejection against the Bills earlier this season:
The replay of the scene at the Bills sideline that led to the ejection of Quay Walker slowed down even more. pic.twitter.com/Teso3I8bcT— René Bugner (@RNBWCV) October 31, 2022
There is no reason for this. Walker has to be better.