Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins flips off former coach Sean Payton after allowing TD
After the New Orleans Saints went for it on 4th down up big in the 4th quarter and scored a touchdown on Philadelphia Eagles defender Malcolm Jenkins he wasn’t happy and the camera caught him flipping the bird to his former coach Sean Payton.
After the game, Jenkins said he was just frustrated that the touchdown and specifically that it was scored on him, and that he has no hard feelings towards Payton.
“I’m a competitor. I love Sean to death. I know what type of guy and coach he is. That was more so personal between me and him,” Jenkins said per Tim McManus of ESPN.
“We talked after the game. It’s all good. I know Sean. They’re going to go for it. I was more so upset that it was on me.”
Payton said after the game that he wasn’t comfortable kicking the long field goal and didn’t want to get burned for taking his foot off the gas. He also gave a lot of unsolicited praise to Jenkins and said he wishes he would have never let him leave the Saints.
“I think the world of him. He’s a tremendous player,” Payton said. “I hate that he got out of here. That was probably as big a mistake as we’ve made here in 13 years. He’s made up of all the right things, and he’s a tremendous competitor.”
Jenkins was a first round pick in 2009 by the Saints and played with them until he left for the Eagles in free agency in 2014.