Seahawks unfazed by Earl Thomas' one-finger sideline salute
Earl Thomas had a message for his team as he was carted off the field with a broken leg on Sunday, but the Seattle Seahawks are brushing it off.
The veteran safety appeared to look at the Seahawks sideline and deliver a one-finger salute as he exited the Week 3 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Thomas held out the entire preseason as he tried to land a new contract with the Seahawks. Upon finally reporting to play, he noted on social media the "disrespect has been well noted and will not be forgotten."
The image of Thomas seemingly giving the finger to his own team will likely be the final and lasting image of the All-Pro in a Seattle uniform.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he did not acknowledge the gesture.
“I don’t know anything about that,” Carroll said. "It's a big stadium. I don’t know where it was aimed at. Earl was extraordinarily poised on the field.
"For what just occurred to be so clear and so resolved to - he knew what happened. But he was so poised and giving back to the players and all of us. So I don’t know what happened after that.”
Thomas' action prompted a different response from Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who commented on Instagram that he will "continue to be the 'bad guy' for ALL of us" as he remains a holdout amid his own contract dispute.