heard it from the Panthers
fans following his ejection. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Emotions got the best of Chris Long on Sunday. The Rams' outstanding defensive end was ejected from his team's 30-15 loss in Carolina early in the third quarter, after he threw a punch at the Panthers' Chris Scott.
Long's attempted shot came at the tail end of a skirmish between the two teams. Several players from both sides were involved in the incident, which may have begun with Long and boisterous WR Steve Smith jawing at each other. FOX's cameras picked up those two exchanging words before Smith and St. Louis' Eugene Sims started pushing and shoving. Smith shook himself free from Sims, then had to be held back by someone from his own sideline while the action accelerated elsewhere between Long and Scott.
Long was the lone player to receive a penalty on the play -- 15 yards plus the disqualification for his punch. Adding insult to injury, he had to walk off the field past the riled-up Panthers fans, who serenaded him with a chorus of boos (plus some other more aggressive taunts). At one point, someone threw something from the stands at Long's feet.
Here is the video of the scrap and Long's ejection:
Long apologized to the fans after the game, but defended his actions, saying that he will always defend his teammates.