The Buffalo Bills defense squandered leads late in the fourth quarter and overtime in a backbreaking road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
They also lost their cool in a sideline interaction with Eagles fans.
Lawson apologized on social media Monday for shoving a fan but alleged that the person was making threatening remarks about players and their families.
Lawson said the fan began heckling players before the game began and was allowed to stay at his seat after the Bills asked stadium security officials to have the person removed.
“Eventually, our emotions boiled over and I made a mistake,” Lawson wrote. “For that, I apologize, but there are certain lines that should not be crossed.”
The video begins with Phillips strutting up to a fan who was in the front row pointing and yelling at the Bills. A Birds fan in the foreground is giving the players the bird.
This is embarrassing. Utterly embarrassing. https://t.co/9GhNquomiI
— Nate Geary (@NateGearySports) November 27, 2023
Phillips gets in the fan's face. It sounds like Phillips yells "What's up? You called me a (expletive)? Say it to my face." Lawson, Oliver and Rousseau follow Phillips, but not to restrain him. All four players shout at the fans and Lawson appears to shove the fan in the chest with his right arm. The fan seemed unfazed and continued razzing the linemen.
A Bills staff member and linebacker Leonard Floyd walk over to direct the players out of the altercation and back to the bench.
The game was still being played in the background, with the Bills running an offensive play.
“I love the crowd I love rowdy fans it makes the game fun. But one thing I’m not going to tolerate is someone threatening me or my family,” Phillips wrote on Instagram. “This is a line that shouldn’t be crossed.”
It was the Bills defense that got pushed around in the second half and overtime, allowing 23 points after halftime in the 37-34 loss. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts had a 12-yard game-ending touchdown run in overtime.
Contributing: Associated Press
This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Bills' Shaq Lawson apologizes for shoving Eagles fan