Robbie Anderson Sent To Locker Room Amid Sideline Argument With Panthers Coach

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Sunday marked the start of interim coach Steve Wilks’ opportunity as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. However, Sunday was also problematic for Wilks in more ways than one. Wide receiver Robbie Anderson was sent back to the locker room during the game against the Los Angeles Rams after a verbal altercation broke out between Anderson and wide receivers coach Joe Daily.

The incident had been brewing all game long, with things boiling over in the second half. The situation began when Anderson got in Daily’s face. Players & coaches can be seen stepping in to separate the two men as Daily is seen growing increasingly irritated at Anderson. Later in the game when the Panthers offense is sitting on the sideline going over offensive plays with Daily, Anderson is seen sitting away from the group.

The Panthers had been struggling to move the ball offensively against the Rams all game, which only added to the frustrations on the Panthers sideline. In the second half, Anderson & Daily exchanged words again. This time, the receiver was sent back to the locker room after Wilks gets involved to separate the two men.

The Panthers soon lost 24-10 and dropped to 1-5 on the season. When asked about the incident with Daily during postgame conference, Anderson did not hold back. The receiver expressed frustration about his lack of usage on crucial downs.

“My job is, I’m here to do all I can to help us win. It’s third down. I’m being taken out the game. You know, I don’t think I should be OK with that. So, I made a comment. ‘It’s the money down. Why am I being taken out?’ And that’s that.”

“But one thing I do, and I always stand on it and continue to do, is I give my all in everything that I do,” Anderson continued. “I don’t play this game for money. I don’t play this game for fame. I play this game because I love the game of football. Regardless of what’s been going on the past week, I always keep my head down and keep working. All I want to do is help us win the Super Bowl. And that’s all I want to do. That’s my ultimate goal of playing this game. So, I’m never going to belittle myself from that aspect or let my character be diminished or be misunderstood.”

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