An ugly screaming match that erupted into a scuffle between teammates in the locker room following the Bucs 22-19 loss at Carolina Sunday involved the off-sides penalty by defensive tackle Chris Baker. Apparently, several Bucs players took issue with Baker smiling and lack-of-remorse attitude following the game. During the incident, captured on the post-game radio show, linebacker Lavonte David is heard yelling to stop quarterback Jameis Winston from confronting Baker. "Yo, yo, Jameis! Jameis! Jameis!'' David shouts. Then middle linebacker Kwon Alexander begins swearing at Baker. David left the interview to intervene. Here was the flash point. The Bucs were up 19-15 with 3:05 to play and the ball on the Panthers 31-yard line. It was fourth-and-7. Coach Dirk Koetter tried to make it a seven-point lead. Patrick Murray missed a 51 yarder wide right. The Panthers took over at the Tampa Bay 41 and in four plays were deep into Bucs' territory. Facing fourth-and-3 at the 5-yard line, Baker was warned by defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and others to watch the hard count of quarterback Cam Newton, who had drawn several encroachment penalties.
Buccaneers’ Chris Baker incited locker room shouting match following Panthers game
Tampa Bay Times | Dec 27