A.J. Hawk

Apparently, we were too busy pounding whiskey to have noticed Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk flip the bird to someone on the sideline after making a sack in the third quarter Sunday.

After the game, he apologized for the incident and said it was a joke between some of his teammates.

“I guess it was on TV,” Hawk said in the locker room after the game. “I definitely wasn’t mad or upset with anybody. It was kind of a running joke with a couple of my teammates. I got caught up in the emotion of the game.

“Sometimes you forget that it’s on TV. I definitely want to apologize to anyone who’s kids were watching and got offended or anything. I understand. I’m sorry that got out there.”

“I don’t get a whole lot of sacks, so I was excited,” Hawk said. “I just got up and it happened. Like I said, I apologize, but I didn’t really think about it at the time. A lot of times I get stuck in that game mode and don’t really worry about who’s around me or the team or the fans.”

Hawk wouldn’t divulge what the joke was about or who the teammates were, so feel free to speculate about what was going on or whether Hawk is even telling the truth.

The league is expected to fine Hawk for the gesture.