Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robbie Anderson grabbed the attention of NFL fans everywhere when videos began to surface of the 29-year-old yelling at wide receivers coach Joe Dailey and interim head coach Steve Wilks during the game against the Los Angeles Rams.
After the initial argument, which happened in the first half, Anderson was spotted sitting by himself late in the third quarter, away from his teammates, on Gatorade coolers on the sidelines.
A few moments later, Anderson and Dailey once again had a heated exchange, to which head coach Steve Wilks stepped in and sent Anderson to the locker room.
Robbie Anderson Speaks Out Post-Game
After the Panthers loss, Anderson spoke out regarding the ejection, saying he “had no idea” why he was sent to the locker room.
“I was honestly confused,” Anderson said. “I wanted to be in the game. I’ve never had somebody yell to get out of the game. So I was honestly confused and upset by that. I should be. I don’t see nobody that is a true competitor, that knows the value they bring and has true passion for the game, that will be OK with being told not to do something or being taken out of something when they didn’t do nothing wrong.”
During Anderson’s college career and earlier in his NFL career when he was with the New York Jets, the wide receiver was involved in a few off-field incidents. Speaking to his entire career, Anderson continued, “I don’t want nobody to have a misconception of me. Other times in my life when I’ve had moments of controversy, I didn’t speak up for myself.”
He continued, “It’s not just about me. It’s when young kids go through similar things, they need to know to stand up for themselves.”
The Panthers wide receiver then went on to say that anyone in his position would have been upset if they were told they couldn’t play. “You shouldn’t be OK with not being on that turf,” he said. “You should want to make a play. Losing is not acceptable. You don’t play this game to lose. You could consider me a loser my whole life growing up. I didn’t get this far in life to continue to be a loser. It’s not what I work for.”
What Happened On the Field During Panthers-Rams Game?
Things got heated between Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robbie Anderson and wide receivers coach Joe Dailey and interim head coach Steve Wilk during yesterday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Several videos of the incident were shared to social media, including this one from PFF.
“Robbie Anderson getting in the face of coach Joe Dailey 😳,” PFF captioned the video.
Robbie Anderson getting in the face of coach Joe Dailey 😳
— PFF (@PFF) October 16, 2022
After the initial argument, which occured during the first half of the game, Anderson was then spotted sitting alone, away from his teammates, on the sideline during the third quarter. “#Panthers Robbie Anderson is sitting away from the rest of the WRs on the sidelines. The team is reportedly actively shopping him around the league.,” Dov Kleiman Tweeted.
#Panthers Robbie Anderson is sitting away from the rest of the WRs on the sidelines.
The team is reportedly actively shopping him around the league. pic.twitter.com/RSvawGGhYk
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 16, 2022
Not long after, Anderson once again got into a fight with Dailey, which is when Panthers head coach Steve Wilks stepped in and sent Anderson to the locker room, ejecting him from the game.
According to Barstool Sports, Robbie Anderson requested a trade after he was sent to the locker room.
“Robbie Anderson has requested a trade on his way to the locker room in the midst of an emotional breakdown,” they Tweeted.
Robbie Anderson has requested a trade on his way to the locker room in the midst of an emotional breakdown.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 16, 2022
At this time, it is unclear what sparked the argument between Anderson and Dailey, but many reports have stated the relationship between the wide receiver and the franchise has been on rocky terms for quite some time.
Anderson signed a $20 million two-year contract last year, but the NFL star barely got 500 yards last season. This year, that trend continues as the 29-year-old has not had a stellar week since his 100-yard Week 1 performance.
During the offseason, Anderson made headlines as he hinted at possible retirement.
Panthers Head Coach Steve Wilks Releases Statement On Incident
After the Panthers-Rams game, Panthers head coach Steve Wilks addressed the incident with Robbie Anderson.
“No one is bigger than the team,” Wilks said of Anderson. “I’m not going to focus and put a lot of attention on one individual.”
Wilks replaced Matt Rhule as head coach, who was fired from the team last Monday.