The NFL is having a bad year. The quality of play is down. Fewer people are watching games. Concussions remain a major worry. To combat potential stagnation in America, the league is trying — as it has for years now — to win fans in Europe. One team just got flagged for a false start.
On Sunday, right after a game played in London and meant to help tap into a European audience, Washington Redskins’ kicker Dustin Hopkins was approached on field by a German television reporter. Hopkins had missed a field goal in overtime that helped the Skins walk away with an unsatisfying 27-27 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The reporter was asking what went wrong with the kick, when a man who has been widely identified as Redskins public relations executive Tony Wyllie begin screaming “No!” He then shoved the reporter. A video of the incident is below.
NO NO NO NO!!!
— Markus / Hopp3lch3n™ (@hopp3lch3n) October 30, 2016
It doesn’t appear that the Germans took the dust-up too seriously. When the video cut back to the studio, the hosts were laughing. But physically pushing a foreign reporter away from a player is probably not the best way to build a foreign fan base for American “football” — especially when the NFL is competing against the richest and most-watched soccer leagues in the world.
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