Posted by Josh Katzowitz
When Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk apologized for flipping off his teammates on the sideline during Sunday’s win vs. the Rams and claimed it was an inside joke, that made sense. Although he was right to apologize, you can forgive the guy for a little bit of sophomoric humor.
Except nobody seems to know who the inside joke was for, and nobody knows what exactly that joke is.
Hawk declined to name names Sunday after the game, and cornerback Charles Woodson said on the Jim Rome radio show (H/T to Pro Football Talk) that he doesn’t know what Hawk is talking about.
“No, I had not heard about it,” Woodson said. “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen that. From what I heard it was some kind of inside joke but I have no clue. I don’t know who else knew about it either. I guess there were a couple people who knew about it but it caught everybody else off guard. So the joke’s on us I guess.”
It’s a joke that’s turning out to be not so funny for Hawk, who likely will face a fine from the league for his lewd gesture.
This is what Hawk said after the game: “It’s kind of been a running joke with some of my teammates. There was no anger or malice or anything. It was a joke and I kind of got caught up in the emotions of the game. I definitely apologize if any kids or anyone else saw it. I have a daughter myself so I wouldn’t want her doing that. I got excited and got caught up in the game and it was just a bad joke. I definitely won’t do it again.”
That’s three times he mentioned the word “joke,” so even if nobody else knows what he’s talking about, give points to Hawk for his consistency.
Plus, Hawk provides a good lesson for all the would-be flipper-offers. The next time somebody decides to extend his middle finger and then says, “Hey media, that was an inside joke,” he should make sure to let his teammates know beforehand. Otherwise, it’s not going to be nearly as funny. And it’s going to continue to cost the offender plenty of money.
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