Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins apologized Sunday after TV cameras caught him flipping the bird at New Orleans coach Sean Payton late in the Saints’ 48-7 blowout victory.
Our cameras caught Malcolm Jenkins flipping off his old coach, Sean Payton.
He told @JClarkNBCS, in an exclusive interview, why he did it. ?https://t.co/89JeHgSBNm
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 19, 2018
Jenkins, who was drafted by New Orleans in the first round in 2009 and won a Super Bowl in five seasons there, vented his frustration at his former coach after the Saints went for it on fourth-and-6 early in the fourth quarter while leading by 31. Alvin Kamara then beat Jenkins on a 37-yard TD catch, leading to Jenkins’ display.
Afterward, Jenkins apologized for his behavior.
“I’m a competitor,” Jenkins told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark. “I love Sean to death. I know what type of guy and coach he is. That was more so personal between me and him.
“We talked after the game. It’s all good. I know Sean. They’re going to go for it. I was more so upset that it was on me.”
When asked about the incident, Payton had nothing but praise for his former player.
“I think the world of him. He’s a tremendous player,” Payton said. “I hate that he got out of here. That was probably as big a mistake as we’ve made here in 13 years. He’s made up of all the right things, and he’s a tremendous competitor.”