The Seattle Seahawks faced criticism after a group of players were spotted smoking cigars in the locker room despite missing the NFL playoffs.
The Seattle Seahawks had an opportunity to secure a playoff spot with an 8-8 record, contingent on the Bears defeating the Packers in their final game. Despite winning 21-20 against the Cardinals, the Seahawks missed the playoffs as the Packers emerged victorious.
Post-game, a video surfaced of players, including safety Julian Love, smoking cigars in the locker room, prompting criticism for celebrating without a playoff berth. Love clarified that the cigars were given to celebrate the birth of his son, but the incident raised questions about the appropriateness of the celebration in light of the team’s postseason disappointment.
Former Seahawks player Jon Ryan expressed disappointment:
The optics of the celebration were questioned by linebacker Bobby Wagner and head coach Pete Carroll, emphasizing the importance of considering public perception.
The incident highlights the balance between personal celebrations and public image.
There’s a time and place for smoking cigars, and the locker room after failing to make the playoffs is definitely neither the right time nor place.