A.J. Hawk remorseful for one-finger salute to sideline
A.J. Hawk says he hopes he isn’t fined for giving the one-finger salute to teammates on his sideline during Sunday’s win over the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field.
The Green Bay Packers linebacker should be fined for being dumb enough to think he could get away with such a move in a stadium full of Fox television cameras. Those cameras caught Hawk in action after a sack in the first quarter, and he was joking with his teammates.
There are pictures of the gesture everywhere on the Internet.
"I guess it was on TV," Hawk said after the game, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I definitely wasn't mad or upset with anybody. It was kind of a running joke with a couple of my teammates. I got caught up in the emotion of the game.
"Sometimes you forget that it's on TV. I definitely want to apologize to anyone who's kids were watching and got offended or anything. I understand. I'm sorry that got out there. … I definitely apologize for that. It wasn't meant to get out there for people to see."
Hawk is a good guy, and we believe him when he says it was part of an inside joke with teammates. But the bird is the bird and we won’t be at all surprised if it leads to a charitable donation that is collected in the form of an NFL fine.
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