Skip to main content

Xavier Rhodes apologizes for angry outburst on the sideline

Rhodes was caught on camera slamming his helmet to the ground.

Xavier Rhodes has apologized after ESPN's cameras caught him during an angry outburst on the sideline during Minnesota's 37-30 loss to the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. 

"I just want to start off by saying I apologize to the organization, my team, my family, how I reacted out on that field," Rhodes said Wednesday. "That's not the way I should carry myself, especially as a leader on this team. I apologize definitely to Coach (Mike) Zim(mer), and the things he's taught me, I should never react that way towards him or towards my team period. I know my role, I need to play it better."

Cameras caught Rhodes slamming his helmet on the ground after getting beat on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to David Moore. 

"I need to play better out on that field, eliminate the penalties and just do well. There's a lot more football going on right now," Rhodes continued. "We still have a great chance of making it to the playoffs and still have a chance to win our division. Right now I'm looking forward to doing that, helping my team day to day, minimize the penalties I have that's going on each and every week and bettering myself."

According to Pro Football Focus, Rhodes has been penalized 10 times and is ranked 10th in the NFL among cornerbacks with at least 250 snaps played. 

“He’s a good kid. He’s got a smile on his face all the time comes out to practice and works hard. I have a ton of respect for him," head coach Mike Zimmer said. 

Rhodes and the Vikings will face third-string QB David Blough when the Lions visit U.S. Bank Stadium at noon Sunday. 

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves survive Knicks' second-half barrage to get back to .500

Karl-Anthony Towns' lay-in helped Minnesota get a win in The Garden.

FLickr - crime scene tape do not crozz

Charges: MN teen shot mom after dispute over meth

The girl's mother said there had been a dispute over methamphetamine.

bad roads, blizzard

No travel advised: High winds, whiteout conditions in NW MN

Zero visibility in parts of greater Minnesota Tuesday night.

holy angels high school j nelson

Update: Holy Angels evacuated over bomb threat, school says

Someone left a voicemail early Tuesday suggesting there was an explosive device.

radio station, microphone

Convicted stalker charged with harassment of another DJ at The Current

He pleaded guilty to similar charges involving the DJ's colleague back in 2015.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons

10 new shops, food stops at Mall of America

Donuts, K-fashion, model cars — the new tenants cover a lot of bases.

Gophers basketball

Gophers fall below roster minimum, postpone Penn State game

It is "due to internal COVID-19 protocols within the Golden Gopher program."

Raheem Morris

Report: Vikings request interview with Rams' Raheem Morris

Morris was once the youngest head coach in the NFL at 33 years old.

train crossing S Boardman Ave, New York Mills, Minnesota - August 2013 crop GSV

Sheriff: Drunk driver crashed trying to 'beat the train'

The BNSF train slammed into the side of the driver's car.

ambulance

Man run over after parking dispute leads to road rage crash

The two groups fought about parking prior to the crash.

hwy 41 engler boulevard crash crop

Deadly crash shuts down small stretch of Chaska highway for hours

A driver crossed over the center median and hit another vehicle.

covid test 6

You can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests from the government

Tests will ship for free within 7-12 days, according to the White House.

Related

Xavier Rhodes

Rhodes among 5 Vikings named Pro Bowl replacements

Questioning the Xavier Rhodes part of this story? It's true.

Injury expert worried that Xavier Rhodes' might need surgery

Rhodes suffered an apparent hamstring injury against the Packers.

Zimmer on Rhodes: 'He needs to live up to contract'

Mike Zimmer wants Xavier Rhodes to return to All-Pro form.

Injury updates: Stefon Diggs, Xavier Rhodes both active

Diggs' knee apparently swelled up overnight.

Wide Left: The roads have opened up for Xavier Rhodes

Xavier Rhodes was one of the Vikings' most exciting players two years ago, but has struggled to recapture that form in 2019.

Injury update: Xavier Rhodes among 6 starters not playing

Minnesota will be without a bunch of key players.

Xavier Rhodes questionable for season opener against 49ers

The star cornerback was a full participant, however, in Friday's practice.