On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers suffered a brutal loss to one of their cornerstone players.
It was announced that All-Pro CB Jaire Alexander was suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team. During Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, Alexander went out for the coin toss despite not being named as one of the three captains before the game.
In a statement Wednesday, General Manager Brian Gutekunst said the following (Via Packers)
“The decision to suspend a player is never easy and not one we take lightly. Unfortunatley, Jaire’s actions prior to the game against Carolina led us to take this step.” Gutekunst said. “As an organization, we have an expectation that everyone puts the team first. While we are disappointed, we had a good conversation with Jaire this morning and fully expect him to learn from this as we move forward together. We look forward to welcoming him back next week as he is a valued member of this team and will continue to be in the future.”
Fan reactions to the Green Bay Packers suspending Jaire Alexander.
It was a surprising move to see Green Bay go in the direction of suspending one of their cornerstone players.
But in a playoff push, everybody needs to be pulling their weight, and this being Jaire’s first game back from injury, it isn’t a positive look to blatantly show up to your coach and admit in a press conference after that you weren’t even supposed to be out there.
The fans agree that it was the right choice for the team to discipline Jaire Alexander.
No matter one’s feelings on the status of Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry, I applaud the suspension of a player who displayed unprofessional conduct, disregarding the rules of an organization who pays his salary. Well done, Green Bay.
— Jeff Ostach☮️ (@jeff_ostach) December 27, 2023
— Lime Volcano (@Love2Musgrave) December 27, 2023
Hes been mailing it on all year. Expect a trade this off season. Another Brian Gutenkunst special.
— BMG (@GetsPod) December 27, 2023
They should have absolutely suspended Jaire, and at this point I think it's worth ditching both him and Campbell simply because of the locker room drama and missed games.
Also, they should fire Joe Barry, and they should have done so last week.
— David (@davidjackson911) December 27, 2023
Sometimes you have to make tough decisions, but yeah, this one tracks. You invite anarchy when one guy unilaterally puts himself above everyone else.
— Doug Russell (@DougRussell) December 27, 2023
Cut or Trade him in the off-season please, clearly doesn’t want to be a Packer
— TheBigDinoRhino (@BigDinoRhino) December 27, 2023
I’m glad the team is taking a stand against his behavior. It sucks he’s going to miss a big game against the vikings.
— Wisconsin Nation (@Wisco___Nation) December 27, 2023
Jaire not being made a captain in his hometown was disrespectful. Making himself a captain and almost botching the coin flip was unprofessional and worthy of suspension. Both can be true
— Nathan Lotze (@PrinceOfFresh) December 27, 2023
How does the Green Bay Packers suspending Jaire Alexander impact them for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings?
Not having Alexander for Sunday’s game is a massive loss. Not only because Eric Stokes hasn’t looked like himself since coming back from injury, but the guys behind Alexander aren’t exactly noteworthy. Carrington Valentine is flashy but is still a young player, and Corey Ballentine is a journeyman corner, so can Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry put together a comprehensive plan to slow down Justin Jefferson?
Also, this has to be addressed. There was no way the team was firing Barry with two games remaining on their schedule. You would have had a better chance of convincing Brett Favre to come out of retirement.