WFT’s Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne clear the air after skirmish: “The Brothers Fight”


The biggest intrigue that arose out of the Washington football team’s resounding loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night was the skirmish between Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne.

After the Cowboys’ last touchdown in the first half, NBC broadcast cameras appeared to show Payne poke and stick his fingers in Allen’s head. Allen responded by throwing a punch at Payne. Allen did not connect and the two teammates had to be separated on the sidelines.

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Washington defensive tackle Daron Payne sits on the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 26, 2021.
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Washington coach Ron Rivera said he spoke to both players after the game. He said it looked like the team’s recent struggles could have played a part in the hubbub.

“Yes, frustration. Wanting to win. Having an opportunity in the last few weeks and not being able to realize it,” Rivera said. “Not being able to have all the pieces in place that you need to go out there and play together. That’s what it is. These are guys who want to compete, who want to win more than anything. something else.”

Allen also spoke about the fight after the game.

JONATHAN ALLEN OF WASHINGTON PUNCHES DARON PAYNE IN THE MIDDLE OF BLOWOUT VS. COW-BOYS

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is tackled by Washington football defensive tackle Daron Payne (94) and defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) during the first quarter at AT&T Stadium.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is tackled by Washington football defensive tackle Daron Payne (94) and defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) during the first quarter at AT&T Stadium.
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“When things go bad the way they are, things heat up. I think everyone saw what happened. I think the important thing is to move forward. S – – is coming. The brothers are fighting, “Allen said.

“The next step is to move on. When something happens on the pitch you never let it take to the locker room. Things heat up. We fix them. We sit like real men and move on. thing.”

Allen said the ordeal was nothing more than what was happening on the pitch.

“If you look at how the game went, the emotions are hot. Things are hot. Things are happening.”

Washington soccer team away linebacker David Mayo (51) sets the game with defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) and defensive tackle Daron Payne (94) during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium .

Washington soccer team away linebacker David Mayo (51) sets the game with defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) and defensive tackle Daron Payne (94) during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium .
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Payne added that everything was fine with him and Allen.

“Just a little disagreement. Maybe in the wrong place, at the wrong time to have it,” Payne said.

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Washington lost the game 56-14.


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