Chiefs vs. Jets: Marcus Peters leaves game in fourth quarter

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: Marcus Peters
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: Marcus Peters /

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters was originally thought to have been kicked out of the game after getting a penalty but it turns out he just walked away.

Marcus Peter has good reason to be angry.

The entire Kansas City Chiefs defense took their lumps all day from the New York Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, giving up numerous third-and-long conversions and making Josh McCown look like one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks.

Late in the fourth quarter, however, the temperamental cornerback had a meltdown of epic proportions after being penalized with two minutes left in the game. Peters was called for Unsportsmanlike Conduct after taking the referee’s red flag and throwing it into the stands. You can see the play below:

After this point, Peters left the field and originally it was believed that officials had tossed him from the game. Visions of a future fine and perhaps even a suspension came up on social media, but then clarification of the situation gave way to the fact that Peters, in fact, left on his own with a team official back to the locker room.

If this is the case, then things are even worse for Chiefs Kingdom at this point. It means there is a meltdown by a player on the field, a star defender at that, which turned into something more—the abandoning of his team by Peters. In a year in which Peters has drawn the ire of fans and criticism from the media for a number of things—not including his posture during the national anthem or his unwillingness to tackle or his brash demeanor—this does not bode well for the week ahead and the ensuing drama likely to come his way.