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Former Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas Says He Doesn’t Regret Middle Finger at Carroll

Former Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is speaking out about the now famous ‘middle finger’ incident directed at Hawks coach Pete Carroll.

In an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Thomas said that he does not regret his actions, and that despite the incident he does hope to retire one day as a Seahawk.

“I don’t regret my decision,” Thomas said. “If my teammates felt like it was towards them, then I regret that part, but I don’t regret doing it to Pete.”

The superstar safety flipped Carroll the bird on the field, but it was the off-field histrionics that boiled over for Thomas, who believed that the coach and front office weren’t being genuine in their desire to re-sign him.

“It’s a business at the end of the day,” Thomas said. “I think my time just ran out. Pete and the front office, we just didn’t, they didn’t value me, I guess, like they used to. And I had just talked to coach Carroll. He was saying how he was trying to get me in their plans, of getting a new contract. But I got hurt the next week and I think I hurt myself too by my actions getting carted off the field. … I gave Pete the middle finger because I felt like he wasn’t being honest with me.”

Added Thomas: “I was basically talking s— to Pete because I knew what happened, because I had been through it before. I knew it was broke. Like when Pete came trying to act like he was concerned, I was like, You won, bro. Just kept moving.”


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