Brandon Jacobs Apologizes for Helmet Toss Into Indianapolis Crowd
Jacobs, who struggled with just eight yards on four carries, said he was trying to throw his helmet behind the visitors' bench, but it got caught onto the sticky leather of his gloves and instead went into the stands. Jacobs was apparently upset after he was stopped for no gain on a cutback rushing attempt.
"I was frustrated and went to throw it down on the ground, and it got caught on my finger and went into (the stands)," he said. "I apologize for that. It was frustration on my part."
In an odd scene, security then had to retrieve the helmet from a reluctant fan who wanted to keep the helmet. After some back-and-forth haggling, a security guard snatched the helmet away from the fan.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he didn't see the incident. While Jacobs' playing time was heavily reduced after the toss, Coughlin said it was because Jacobs was ineffective on the field and the Giants were trying to play catch-up. Jacobs also had received a personal-foul penalty for a late hit earlier in the game.
"From what I understand, he lost his poise and did something he shouldn't have done, and if someone was hurt, then we would all feel bad about that," Coughlin said.
According to NBC's Andrea Kremer, NFL security plans to interview the fan who wound up with the helmet.
Jacobs will likely receive a fine from the league, especially considering the precedent for fines when players have even tossed footballs into the stands. In December 2009, Rams running back Steven Jackson was fined $5,000 for tossing a ball up to the St. Louis fans following a touchdown run. Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes, then with the Jets, was fined $5,000 last December for tossing a ball into the crowd after an interception.
"I did not mean to do that and everybody who knows me knows I did not mean to do something like that," Jacobs told The Star-Ledger. "The whole world could fall down on me and I wouldn't have done anything like that.
"I apologize to Indy, first of all, and their fans, our organization. It's just something that happened that shouldn't have happened."
According to the New York Daily News, Jacobs got into a heated, profanity-laced discussion with a reporter after the game when asked if he was pulled by Coughlin because of the helmet toss. Jacobs reportedly apologized to the reporter and explained why the question made him angry.
It's been a rough September for Jacobs, who has publicly griped about his role in sharing backfield duties with Ahmad Bradshaw. In Sunday's loss, Bradshaw got 17 carries to Jacobs' four, and it's expected that Bradshaw retains that starting position throughout the season.