Vikings star Justin Jefferson risks hefty punishment from the NFL after apparently hitting a referee with his HELM – as frustration reached boiling point in a heavy loss to Packers
- The Minnesota Vikings were at the end of a heavy 41-17 loss to the Packers Sunday
- Justin Jefferson’s frustration boiled over when cameras caught him punching a referee
- After Kirk Cousins threw an INT, Jefferson ripped off his helmet and swung it
- The helmet, although accidental, struck a sideline officer in the shoulder
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Vikings superstar Justin Jefferson has risked the wrath of the NFL after a shocking video surfaced showing him hitting a referee on the back with his helmet.
The wideout, considered by most to be Minnesota’s best player, allowed his frustrations to get the better of him in Sunday’s loss to the Packers — and he may now face a fine and a league suspension.
As the Vikings lost heavily around halftime, Kirk Cousins threw his second interception of the game to Packers safety Adrian Amos, and Jefferson was caught on camera boiling over his temper.
Justin Jefferson (right) appears to hit a sideline official with his helmet in the first half
CBS cameras captured the moment Jefferson’s frustration seemed to boil over
As CBS Sports found out, Jefferson is seen ripping off his helmet, swinging it down and catching a sideline officer in the back of the shoulder with it.
Although the action appeared random and Jefferson was not knocked out of the game at the time, Jefferson could still be penalized for the aggressive move.
The incident was one of the standout moments of a horrific night for the Viking man, who was being pursued by Jaire Alexander and managed just one catch for 15 yards on five targets.
The action was seemingly random, but still could see the vast land even in hot water
Jefferson was one of the standout players in the league this year, but he was having a bad day
Fortunately for Minnesota, however, a place in the playoffs is already guaranteed, despite the 41-17 loss, they’ve already won their division and go into the postseason as the NFC’s No. 3.
In the final week of the season, they face a struggling Bears who have lost nine straight games and will go down as the NFL’s worst team in 2022.
The Packers, meanwhile, face a big final day match against the Lions – and it’s a win for Aaron Rodgers and co after turning their season around and winning four straight games.