It was an ugly night for the Arizona Cardinals for several different reasons, but the outcome of the game was the least of their worries on Monday night.
The Rams were up by 20 late in the third quarter, on the way to a 34-11 rout of the Cardinals, when Cam Akers took a handoff from quarterback Matthew Stafford and carried the ball towards the left side. He was met by Cardinals safety Budda Baker and they collided on the field.
Baker hit his head on the ground and rolled onto his back in obvious distress. Akers didn’t realize it and began to taunt him. The Cardinals took exception and jawing between players began, however, their main concern for Baker outweighed everything else.
And then after the hit, Cam Akers proceeded to walk over an unconscious Budda Baker and taunt him. To his defense, he probably had no idea he was KO’d
After the game, Akers took to Twitter and explained himself.
“Prays up to Budda,” Akers said on Twitter, adding an emoji of two hands pressed together in prayer. “I didn’t know he was hurt after the play but I have nothing but respect for him.”
Akers expanded on that in a postgame news conference. “It was just a football play, nothing personal, obviously,” he said. “I’ve got the utmost respect for Budda and that team in general, so I hope he’s doing good. Just a football play there.”
Baker was strapped to a gurney and transported off the field and to a hospital. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said he was unsure if Baker would stay in Los Angeles overnight for observation but added, “seems to be positive news that I’ve got so far.”
Akers had 17 carries for 55 yards on Monday.