New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton offered unsolicited praise of Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins after Sunday’s game between the two teams.
Apparently, those comments followed a moment in the game where Jenkins wasn’t so polite to his former coach.
With 13 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the game, the Saints had a 38-7 lead, but they went for a fourth-and-6 at the Philadelphia 37. On the play, Saints running back Alvin Kamara lined up wide right and burned Jenkins for a 37-yard touchdown.
Jenkins wasn’t so happy about the play. He flipped his middle finger toward Payton.
Jenkins played his first five seasons with the Saints, helping them make their Super Bowl run in 2009 as a rookie. But when his contract expired following the 2013 season, New Orleans did not make an offer to keep him.
Jenkins instead signed a three-year deal with Philadelphia and became a stalwart on the Super Bowl-winning Eagles last season.
Jenkins was on the wrong end Alvin Kamara’s touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. After the play, the cameras caught him flipping off Payton.
Jenkins told NBC Sports Philadelphia that he spoke to Payton after the game and there are no hard feelings.
“I know Sean. They’re going to go for it. I was more so upset that it was on me,” Jenkins told NBC Philadelphia. “I got a lot of respect for what they’re doing, especially Sean.”