ST. LOUIS - During the second quarter of the St. Louis Rams and New York Giants football game, both teams clashed in a sideline brawl that ended with three players ejected form the game, including Rams defensive lineman William Hayes.
Both teams were flagged throughout the first half with taunting penalties, one on Giants star rookie Odell Beckham Jr. by Ram T.J. McDonald. Then on Tre Mason's touchdown run, New York corner-back D. Rodgers-Cromartie was flagged for the same penalty.
On the ensuing offensive drive for the Giants, Alec Ogletree pushed Beckham well out of bounds on a tackle toward the Giants' sideline and that's where the fight began. Players for both teams converged on the site and after a lengthy talk by the officials, New York's Preston Parker and Damontre Moore were ejected in addition to Hayes.
Following the game, Hayes said he was went over to the scrum to make sure teammate Trumaine Johnson didn't get flagged for a penalty and then had his helmet taken off from behind.
"Somebody grabbed me, I turned around and my helmet came off and I just retaliated," Hayes added, "I was just going over there to make sure he didn't get a 15-yard penalty."
Hayes' teammate Chris Long said he didn't believe the fight did any harm to the rest of the defense.
"Sometimes in football, that stuff happens. It was a miunderstanding," Long continued, I think [Ogletree] was playing hard and carried it out of bounds too far. It's football - emotions run high. We lost one of our good players so that was probably the worst part about it."