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AFL's Portland waives Butler in wake of helmet incident

Quincy Butler struck a fan at the Soul game after being frustrated over his ejection from the contest.

THE ARENA Football League's Portland Thunder waived defensive back Quincy Butler Monday, two days after he flung his helmet into the Wells Fargo Center stands.

Butler was ejected in the third quarter of the Thunder's loss to the Soul on Saturday and appeared to be trying to throw his helmet against the sideline wall in frustration. Instead, he hit an unidentified female spectator who left the seating area shortly after the incident.

Butler, 31, is no misguided kid. Though he was in his first AFL season, he spent time with several NFL teams after finishing his career at TCU in 2005.

In October, Butler - then a starter with the Calgary Stampede, of the CFL - was thrown out of Canada after pleading guilty to assaulting a cabdriver.

- Ed Barkowitz