Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Vernon Butler has almost certainly drawn the wrath of the NFL’s disciplinary body after he was ejected from the game during Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts for punching Jack Doyle.
However, the blow appears to have been a case of mistaken identity as it occurred moments after a scuffle Butler had engaged in with Doyle’s teammate Mark Glowinski, who wears the team’s number 64 jersey while Doyle wears 84.
The incident occurred as Butler pulled Glowinski to the ground by his facemask, a penalty offense in its own right, but he severely exacerbated matters by landing the blow to Doyle’s helmet, apparently mistaking the two players after a brief fracas on the ground.
Doyle appeared to laugh off the incident and, after Butler was ejected from the game by match officials, he made known his frustration by flashing his middle finger towards the Panthers fans.
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