When it comes to infractions in the NFL there are very few things that get my blood boiling. Let’s face it, football is a brutal game and if you have never played the game you wouldn’t understand. From the Pop-Warner to 12th grade I lined up as an OLB/ILB/DE and brutalized an opposing player. I’d like to say I did it clean it 100% of the time but hell I’d be lying through my teeth.
That being said, I never did anything to blatantly cause another member of a team deliberate harm. The same can’t be said for Antonio Smith of the Houston Texans and after Saturday night’s game against the Dolphins, he needs to seriously be concerned about a suspension. A video has surfaced from what appears to be coaches tape of Smith ripping the helmet off Dolphins RG Ritchie Incognito and then using it as a weapon as he swings it connecting with Incog’s face.
The incident occurred in front of a referee who blindly missed it. It should have resulted in an immediate ejection.
The NFL has been sent a copy of the tape by Dolphins HC Joe Philbin and a report out now suggests that the NFL is in fact reviewing the incident. Last year Smith and Incognito were involved in an altercation when Incog grabbed Smith’s leg refusing to let go during a loose ball. Smith repeatedly kicked Incognito in the head. He was fined $21,000.00 but had it reduced to 11,000.
He did not get suspended.
The NFL can not let this go with a simple financial burden. Regardless of whether this is a second incident or not, the fact that Smith could have seriously injured a defenseless unprotected player should strongly be taken into consideration when the league hands down a punishment. You can view the video by going here.