During the 2018 NFL season, Earl Thomas flipped a middle finger towards the Seattle Seahawks sideline after breaking his leg during a game with the Arizona Cardinals.
Many assumed it may have been towards the entire team, but it was actually to head coach Pete Carroll.
So, does he regret it now? Nope.
The Baltimore Ravens safety made that clear during an interview Josina Anderson of ESPN.
Thomas discussed the incident with ESPN’s Josina Anderson and clarified that he was aiming the middle finger at head coach Pete Carroll and not his teammates:
“I don’t regret my decision. If my teammates felt like it was toward them, I regret that part. But I don’t regret doing that to Pete.
Thomas said Carroll’s show of concern on the field after he broke his lower leg was not genuine.
“I gave Pete the middle finger because I felt like he wasn’t being honest with me.”
Thomas disdain for the franchise came out that day after he previously asked for either a trade or a contract extension in the 2018 offseason. Thomas held out until the week of the season opener.
As far as his feelings towards his former head coach:
“We got to walk with each other the rest of our lives because we won a Super Bowl together,” Thomas said. “But they’ll love you one minute and then hate you the next. That was our relationship.”
He has since signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Ravens, with $32 million fully guaranteed.
Just in case you’re wondering, the Ravens travel to Seattle on Oct. 20.