Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas said he doesnt regret showing the middle finger to his former coach Pete Carroll during a game last season
Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas said he doesnt regret showing the middle finger to his former coach Pete Carroll during a game last season.
I dont regret my decision, Thomas told ESPN in an interview published on Wednesday. If my teammates felt like it was toward them, I regret that part. But I dont regret doing that to Pete.
Thomas, who was playing for the Seattle Seahawks at the time, made the gesture as he was being carted off the field with a broken leg during a Week 4 game against the Arizona Cardinals, an injury that required surgery and ended his season. Thomas, who had been involved in a contract dispute with the team since the offseason, told ESPN he didnt believe Carrolls concern following the injury was genuine. I gave Pete the middle finger because I felt like he wasnt being honest with me, he said.
A six-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro in nine years with Seattle, Thomas added that he hasnt spoken to Carroll since. He described an up-and-down history with the coach, even when the team was performing well.
We got to walk with each other the rest of our lives because we won a Super Bowl together, Thomas said. But theyll love you one minute and then hate you the next. That was our relationship.
Thomas joined the Ravens on a four-year, $55m contract in free agency in March. His departure from Seattle had long been expected after the Seahawks showed little interest in extending him entering the final year of his contract.
I think my time just ran out, Thomas said of how things ended. Pete and the front office didnt value me like they used to, and I just talked to Coach Carroll, and he was saying how he was trying to get me in the plans of getting a new contract. But I got hurt the next week. I think I hurt myself, too, by my actions getting carted off the field.
Thomas, 30, had 28 interceptions in 125 games with the Seahawks, ranking sixth in franchise history. He will face his former team in Seattle on 20 October, when the Ravens visit the Seahawks in Week 7.