DAVIE, Fla. -- It was one of the most bizarre occurrences in Sunday's 23-10 victory by the Miami Dolphins over the Cleveland Browns. Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive tackle Randy Starks recorded a third-quarter sack on Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. Immediately after the play, Starks made an obscene gesture toward Miami's sideline.
The gesture created some buzz in South Florida and social media, as people tried to interpret why a Dolphins player would "flip the bird" toward his own sideline. Starks, who has a one-year franchise tag, held out in a contract dispute earlier this offseason, which created some conspiracy theories.
Starks cleared the air on Tuesday.
“Of course I regret it,” Starks said in the locker room. “It’s something I shouldn’t have [done]. It was something that I was joking around with my teammates. Whatever consequences happen, I have to take it.”
According to Starks, he has not been fined by the team or the NFL as of Tuesday. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin talked to Starks earlier this week to put the issue to bed. However, it remains to be seen if anything happens from the league office.
Philbin even made light of the incident on Monday.
“It was probably at me directly,” Philbin joked, which sparked laughter in the media. “It’s important for all our players to act the right way on and off the field. ... I am aware of it, and it’s important that we do that.”
Starks explained he was joking with some teammates on the sideline about getting a sack. When that sack came in the third quarter, Starks said his gesture “came out the wrong way.”
“It definitely got blown out of proportion,” Starks said. “But the situation I’m in as far as not starting and not being here [in the offseason], I can see how that can be misleading.”