Packers LB Hawk apologizes for obscene gesture

Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk apologized for making an

obscene hand gesture during Sunday’s victory over the St. Louis

Rams.

Hawk made the gesture toward the Packers sideline after sacking

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in the second quarter. Hawk called it

a ”running joke” with some of his teammates and said it ”wasn’t

meant to get out there, for people to see.” The gesture apparently

made it on television, and screen shots were almost immediately

circulated on social media websites such as Twitter.

”It was a joke, and I kind of got caught up in the emotion of

the game,” Hawk said. ”I definitely apologize if any kids or

anyone else saw it. I have a daughter myself, so I wouldn’t want

her doing that. I got excited and I got caught up in the game. It

was just, I guess, a bad joke. I definitely won’t do it

again.”

Hawk said he hoped to avoid a fine from the NFL, and promised

not to do it again.

”I think this day and age you’re not going to get away with

it,” Packers cornerback Charles Woodson said. ”So, if he did it,

he understands that there’s probably a thousand cameras in the

stadium. Even if it’s a cell phone, somebody got it. So, you’ve got

to be careful about that.”