VIDEO: Saints’ Jameis Winston reacts to intense shouting match with Tre’Quan Smith
The New Orleans Saints beat the Seattle Seahawks in Monday Night Football, but it wasn’t pretty. Tensions were high and frustrations ran rampant in every play of the low-scoring game, so much so that quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith had a Dwight Howard-Anthony Davis moment themselves.
Winston and Smith engaged in a shouting match early in the fourth quarter of the contest after a botched third-and-12 situation. Apparently, Smith was in an incorrect position as the Saints sent four receivers for the play. Winston’s pass was batted, forcing them to punt instead of getting another chance to break the 10-10 tie.
After the failed play, Winston was caught on camera going at Smith with an animated gesture highlighted by his shouting. The 25-year-old wide receiver responded and appeared to shout back as well, although it is unclear what they said to each other.
Jameis Winston and Tre'Quan Smith being all warm and fuzzy. pic.twitter.com/uIPNgI83XD
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Luckily for the Saints, they were able to escape with a 13-10 victory, thanks to a 33-yard field goal by Brian Johnson with less than two minutes to play.
In his postgame presser, Jameis Winston played down the intense shouting that occurred between him and Tre’Quan Smith. He played it down and emphasized they are just communication. Unfortunately, he refused to provide more details about what happened.
“Just communication, we had to be on the same page, and that’s it,” the Saints QB said, per Mike Triplett of ESPN.
“When everyone gets to talking, I just want it to be me and him,” he furthered when reporters pried for more info.
Given the tough nature of the match and their desire to win at all costs, it’s only natural for the teammates to argue. It’s a pretty common scene in professional sports, especially in late-game situations where communications should be at its best.
Then again, like any other misunderstanding, winning resolves a lot of it. Winston and Smith’s argument might have painted a different story had they lost. Good thing they won.