If the NFL had a Cheap Shot of the Week award, Vikings defensive end Brian Robison would win it in a landslide for one of the dirtiest moves you’ll ever see on a football field.
At the end of a play Sunday, with Robison lying on his back and Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang standing over him, Robison unleashed a hard kick straight to Lang’s privates.
“It was in the sweet spot,” Lang said. “In my opinion, it was a pretty cowardly move. I didn’t do anything dirty to the guy. I don’t know what he was upset about. He decided to kick me right in the groin. You never want to see that in a football game. I’m just proud of the way I responded. I didn’t throw any punches. It was really hard for me to keep my cool.”
After the game, Robison offered an apology to Lang on Twitter, as well as a flimsy excuse.
“I am not a dirty player and did not maliciously aim for the groin, just happened to be where it landed,” Robison wrote.
Right. Just like Albert Haynesworth didn’t maliciously aim for Andre Gurode’s head when he stepped on it in 2006. For that incident, Haynesworth was ejected from the game and suspended for the next five, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said, “There is absolutely no place in the game, or anywhere else, for the inexcusable action that occurred.”
The same words could be applied to what Robison did on Sunday. He should have been ejected, and he should be suspended.