Washington Football Teams Jonathan Allen strikes a blow against TEAMMATE Daron Payne during a 56-14 loss to the Cowboys.
- Two Washington Football Team players had to be separated on the sidelines of Sunday’s game against Dallas after a player struck a blow
- As the Washington Football Team’s linemen gathered to talk after the Cowboys scored a touchdown, Daron Payne stuck Jonathan Allen’s head.
- NBC’s broadcast captured Allen in throwing a blow at Payne, who had no connection
- The team lost 56-14, and Sunday’s loss secures the team’s 21st non-winning record in the last 29 seasons, and their fourth losing season in a row.
Two Washington Football Team players struck their best blows against each other on Sunday when the club was run off the field by their hated division rival, the Dallas Cowboys, on national television.
Defensive lineman Jonathan Allen took a turn on his teammate Daron Payne as the players crouched on the bench after the Cowboys scored their fourth touchdown in just over a quarter of an hour.
Payne seemed to be sticking to Allen’s head as the linemen discussed what was happening on the field. Allen responded by throwing a blow at Payne, which did not fit. The two quarrelsome teammates had to be pulled apart, with line coach Sam Mills Jr. come in between the two.
“I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist,” Allen said of why the fight started.
‘If you look at how that game went, the emotions are high, things are high, things are happening.’
He said he would take ‘full responsibility’ for his actions, just as Payne would.
“When something happens on the court, you never let it carry into the locker room,” Allen said. ‘Things get hotter, we fix them, we sit down as adults, and we move on.’
Washington was down 28-7 at the time of the showdown and would continue to lose 56-14 to fall to 6-9 this year, making it their fourth losing season in a row. It was also the once proud franchise’s 21st loss record in the last 29 seasons.
The loss nearly eliminated Washington from the playoffs, while the Cowboys improved to 11-4, winning the NFC East title.
Jonathan Allen can be seen striking a blow against other defensive linebacker Daron Payne at Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys
Payne characterized the incident as a ‘little brotherly disagreement’.
“Maybe the wrong place, wrong time, but it happened,” Payne told ESPN. “You have brothers? You do not all fight? S — happens there.”
Coach Ron Rivera said the frustrations were due to several player injuries, COVID-19 problems and a losing streak of three games. He said no disciplinary action would be taken.
“I talked to them, and for me, this is where it’s going to be,” Rivera said. ‘What my players say to me is nobody’s business.’
Payne is in his fourth year with the team, has 3.5 sacks, 47 tackles and a fumbling recovery in his 14 games for Washington. Allen, who is in his fifth year with the team, has 8.5 sacks and 29 tackles for this reason and had just been selected for his first Pro Bowl.
The incident in the game ended an already difficult week for the team. On Thursday night, safety Deshazor Everett crashed into his sports car, killing his girlfriend after hitting a tree in Virginia.
No one has been arrested and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident.
Washington Football Teams defensive tackle Daron Payne sits on the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott (4) is tackled by Washington Football Teams Daron Payne (94) and Jonathan Allen (93) in the first half of an NFL football game
Washington Football Team’s outside linebacker David Mayo (51) sets the game with defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) and defensive tackle Daron Payne (94) during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium