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Kyle Vanden Bosch not fined for roughing Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers is tackled by Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch in Detroit Reuters

One Lions defensive lineman has received the harshest punishment handed down for an on-field act in years for a personal foul on Thanksgiving. But another one has escaped any punishment at all.

Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch was flagged for roughing the passer for a hit on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Thanksgiving, but the league office tells PFT that Vanden Bosch was not fined.

Rodgers said this week that he doesn’t appreciate the way Vanden Bosch lays on opposing players after plays, relaying Rodgers’ account of what he said while Vanden Bosch was on top of him after the hit in question.

“I was ‘Yeah, you got me on the chin there, it’s probably a penalty,’” Rodgers said. “And he goes, ‘Noooo.’ And then he saw the penalty flag, and he started to go crazy.”

At least there’s no risk of Vanden Bosch going crazy when he gets a letter from the league office, because he won’t be getting one this week.

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  1. jaggedmark says: Dec 2, 2011 6:20 PM

    Commissioner’s Pet

  2. bozosforall says: Dec 2, 2011 6:22 PM

    Cue the Packer whiners.

  3. headshot1189 says: Dec 2, 2011 6:24 PM

    Why would the Packer fans’ whine, we won. Cue the stupid comments from Lions’ fans.

  4. oren120 says: Dec 2, 2011 6:26 PM

    Yeah, he didn’t get fined because it was a legal hit. The penalty was an awful call.

    Of course, that hasn’t stopped the league from fining people before…

  5. jrmbadger says: Dec 2, 2011 6:28 PM

    MDS doesn’t do justice to Rodgers’ account.
    Rodgers does a pretty good impression of him – it’s funny. You have to listen to it.

    For the record Rodger’s said nothing about him not appreciating Vanden Bosch’s laying on guys – he just noted that he does it a lot (“watch the film, he just goes over to a pile and lays down on people ….”)

    The exchange between him and Rodgers (as Rodgers described it) was hillarious. It was something like:

    VB(In a rowdy roddy piper voice): “I got you GOOD, OH YEAH THAT HURT”
    AR: “Yeah it was a good hit”
    VB: “I GOT YOU GOOD”
    AR: “I’m pretty sure it was a penalty – you got me right on the chin.”
    VB: “NOOOOOOOOO”

    He also tells of a story last year were VB got called for offsides and he went after the ref saying: VB: “IT WAS SUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH……”

    I guess he plays like he’s got a screw loose (even wears red contacts).

    pretty funny stuff.

  6. captainwisdom8888 says: Dec 2, 2011 6:30 PM

    Vick was nailed by about 46 of these type of hits so far this year with seldom a flag. It is 100% obvious that the refs are guilty of inconsistency in their officiating but I can guess you can say they give the fans what they want to see. Nobody wants to see Brady or Rodgers get annihilated….and the opposite goes for Vick.

  7. shelovesfootball says: Dec 2, 2011 6:31 PM

    Packers aren’t whiners – they’re winners bozo!

  8. childressrulz says: Dec 2, 2011 6:31 PM

    @bozosforall You are right i guess we will just have to shut up and be happy with the win on your crappy field, our superbowl win, 11-0 start, 13 world championships, and kicking the crap out of the lions again this year. Only losers are lions fans.

  9. sully54 says: Dec 2, 2011 6:31 PM

    Amazing that this is even a story. It wasn’t even a penalty in the first place. It was a totally clean hit and within the rules in every way shape form and fashion.

    Troy Aikman couldn’t believe a flag was thrown and stated so two or three times while covering the game.

    BTW has the league explained why people can punch a QB in the face, punch an opponent in the stomach/groin, kick an opponent in the groin after the whistle, be observed doing so by the official, reviewed by the league and they get a small fine or no fine….

    Yet a “Stomp” costs a player two games and $165,000. Equal justice my arse. None of the above is acceptable behavior, but the imbalance and inconsistency of enforcement is appalling.

  10. 12greaterthan4 says: Dec 2, 2011 6:31 PM

    So is it just me or does Vanden Bosch belong on the cover of the Village peoples album doing YMCA? gotta love the flight attendants mustache! bet he is a big hit in San Fransisco!

  11. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 2, 2011 6:32 PM

    I can hear the crying from Packerland.

  12. emoney826 says: Dec 2, 2011 6:36 PM

    Take out those stupid red contacts. It’s not Halloween.

  13. binkystevens says: Dec 2, 2011 6:36 PM

    What’s there to whine about? We haven’t lost since last December.

  14. binkystevens says: Dec 2, 2011 6:36 PM

    What’s there to whine about? We haven’t lost since last December.

  15. ranksarot says: Dec 2, 2011 6:37 PM

    Rodgers thinks Vandenbosch should at least buy him dinner before he lays on him

  16. rmc1995 says: Dec 2, 2011 6:39 PM

    How much more crying is going to come out of the mouths of pro football players when talkingthe about the Lions? Rogers doesn’t like it when a player simply lays on him? The bar for what people will make people think crosses the line has really gotten low. See this scratch? Almost broke the skin. That’s how dirty the lions are. Sadly the media and weak minded are buying this garbage.

  17. warvette says: Dec 2, 2011 6:39 PM

    it’s because he just lost his balance, that’s all.

  18. lionsfanatic84 says: Dec 2, 2011 6:40 PM

    You got your way with a penalty, what more do you want? I’d respect him if he didn’t cry everytime he gets hit

  19. cowboynation919 says: Dec 2, 2011 6:41 PM

    You know the use to be a nice story. The Lion’s finally coming around. But I just noticed on espn that over the past 2 years Suh and Cliff Avril lead the league in personal penalties.

    On that note I no longer care about them and they tick me off cuz they have the talent there just stupid about it. Well Suh and Avril are. The can easily help there team but instead screw them instead.

    I could care less if they ever win again, and congrats Lion’s. Because of Suh you are offically labeled a “dirty team”. That’s something to be proud off.

  20. factoryofsadness says: Dec 2, 2011 6:48 PM

    Does the league ever say exactly where all these fines go?

  21. jrmbadger says: Dec 2, 2011 6:50 PM

    “rmc1995 says:
    Dec 2, 2011 6:39 PM
    How much more crying is going to come out of the mouths of pro football players when talkingthe about the Lions? Rogers doesn’t like it when a player simply lays on him? The bar for what people will make people think crosses the line has really gotten low. See this scratch? Almost broke the skin. That’s how dirty the lions are. Sadly the media and weak minded are buying this garbage.”

    Umm…. no…. go listen to his comments – NOT MDS’ description of it. He didn’t say anything about him lying on him – he just noted that he does it A LOT.

  22. eddddddd says: Dec 2, 2011 6:53 PM

    Funny how Stafford didn’t draw a flag when he was hit by Mathews on the series before this.

  23. donmajik7 says: Dec 2, 2011 6:53 PM

    “@bozosforall You are right i guess we will just have to shut up and be happy with the win on your crappy field, our superbowl win, 11-0 start, 13 world championships, and kicking the crap out of the lions again this year. Only losers are lions fans.”

    ******************************************

    Dude, support the Pack but don’t be classless about it! Lions fans are some of the most loyal out there!

  24. packfan1 says: Dec 2, 2011 6:56 PM

    Listen to the clip before you make judgment, hes being very sarcastic about alot of it…

  25. eleventyeight says: Dec 2, 2011 7:02 PM

    Richard Seymour punched Big Ben in the mouth and never got so mention as a second mention after-the-fact.

    Only Tom Terrific and Peyton Manning rate fines for roughing.

    If Aaron keeps it up a couple more years he might become league royalty, as long as his name isn’t Ben..

    (cue the Hatorade rape jokes, b/c it’s always funny to hate the guy whose getting more of everything than you…)

  26. renmasters says: Dec 2, 2011 7:08 PM

    Yes, this is what I heard as well. It was actually kinda funny I guess.

    I Love my Lions. They just need to stop making stupid mistakes. They’re like a lovable Lion cub that still trips and falls on its head. God I hope one day we are able to just crush everyone. Just for a while. Just so I get the feel of it at some point you know!

    It’s like one of those things you have to experience before you die. I’m 29. What do you think are my chances?

  27. rmc1995 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:09 PM

    So he complains about the hit and how KVB is always late and lays on guys in a funny way. It doesn’t make him less of a complainer.

  28. techvet says: Dec 2, 2011 7:09 PM

    Can’t wait for the 01/02/12 battle royale rematch!

  29. techvet says: Dec 2, 2011 7:10 PM

    Does anyone realize that Packers-Lions is the oldest *continuous* rivalry in the NFL?

    (Packers-Bears didn’t play in 1987)

  30. kevinchrist23 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:15 PM

    Glad we should have won

  31. gwahknows says: Dec 2, 2011 7:16 PM

    lionsfanatic84 says: Dec 2, 2011 6:40 PM

    You got your way with a penalty, what more do you want? I’d respect him if he didn’t cry everytime he gets hit

    *******************************

    Made me giggle. Rodgers wasnt doing any crying. He took the hit like a man and didnt have any time to get up and complain because KVB was trying to snuggle up with him. We apologize that Rodgers doesnt shatter like the piece of tempered glass that is matthew stafford.

  32. packattack1967 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:23 PM

    Jealousy. Envy. Tisk tisk

  33. so1ar says: Dec 2, 2011 7:29 PM

    That penalty was a JOKE

  34. thetroit says: Dec 2, 2011 7:31 PM

    Is this the year for snitching or what? So many guys now go and whine to the media after games about what players say and do on the field. “He hurt my feelings…” What ever happened to what is said on the field, stays on the field? Gimme a break. Handle it like men, not teenage girls. This is turning into the Pansy Football League.

  35. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 2, 2011 7:31 PM

    packattack1967 says:
    Dec 2, 2011 7:23 PM
    Jealousy. Envy. Tisk tisk
    *******************

    Whining. Crying. Complaining. Tisk. Tisk.

  36. sweeps83 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:32 PM

    Your head coach goes after Harbaugh after a game, one of your DTs gets multiple unnecessary roughness penalties and suspended. Lions show no class sometimes. Sorry if I want to whine about edward cullen smashing his helmet in Rodgers face

  37. gyorick says: Dec 2, 2011 7:36 PM

    Gwahknows…
    I’m not sure which comment you makes you sound dumber?
    1. Made me giggle
    Or
    2. Shatter like tempered glass
    Tempered glass is very strong glass It’s even used in bullet proof glass, so im not sure ur conveying the right message about stafford, you unoriginal bum

  38. treyanastasio says: Dec 2, 2011 7:38 PM

    “So he complains about the hit and how KVB is always late and lays on guys in a funny way. It doesn’t make him less of a complainer.”

    Obviously you didn’t listen to the clip. He’s on his radio show, where its his duty to talk and tell interesting anecdotes. He was telling something that was very entertaining to listen to, and his demeanor about it was light hearted and joking. He was NOT complaining, he simply told KBV that he thought it would be flagged, which it was. You should listen to the clip (objectively) before making ignorant comments.

  39. spartaninnh says: Dec 2, 2011 7:38 PM

    Is it *possible* for PFT to write a fair post about the Lions’ D? I mean, did you see the play in question? Of COURSE KVB didn’t get penalized — no flag should have been thrown at all!

    The officiating in that game was abysmal. In the Lions’ series just before that flag, Stafford was slammed by Mathews well after getting rid of the ball — no flag.

    The officiating in the game was the story here, not the NFL’s reaction to the plays made. Abysmal.

  40. treyanastasio says: Dec 2, 2011 7:52 PM

    “techvet says:
    Dec 2, 2011 7:10 PM
    Does anyone realize that Packers-Lions is the oldest *continuous* rivalry in the NFL?

    (Packers-Bears didn’t play in 1987)”

    Is this a joke? Try 1941. How has no one called this out, and how does it have 7 thumbs up and 1 down. In the words of Napoleon Dynamite “Read a book for once”

  41. treyanastasio says: Dec 2, 2011 7:53 PM

    oh…continuous…still doesn’t mean anything.

  42. treyanastasio says: Dec 2, 2011 7:55 PM

    1987 Sunday, November 29 Chicago Bears 23–10 Green Bay Packers 61,638 Chicago

    yes! you actually were wrong!

  43. lionsfanatic84 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:03 PM

    Thanks gyorick
    Everytime a player got a hand on Rodgers he threw his hands up at the ref.

    If you don’t believe me watch the game again, or for the first time, and while you do watch what was happening to Suh, he was getting facemasked and punched after the play, but the refs don’t see it Cuz the lions are the “dirty” team

  44. polishrod says: Dec 2, 2011 8:08 PM

    Even when the starting QB whines about getting hit, the Pack fans try to write it off as a joke.

    Rodgers is a great QB, but between his comments earlier this year on the NFL Network that “nobody has ever respected him” and his whining about getting hit borders on Namathesque territory.

    NO matter, he’ll probably run over a class of Pre-Schoolers and get a medal from the city for pulling over and taking pictures with their parents.

  45. noeffinway says: Dec 2, 2011 8:08 PM

    The ENTIRE packer team are complainers! EVeRY pass thrown that is not caught they are crying for a PI flag. Watch ‘em! I bet it is almost every pass! It makes me wanna puke every time I see it. And now even rodgers is publicly crying….babies.

  46. bjorntorock says: Dec 2, 2011 8:08 PM

    thats right pft…keep erasing comments when people show how dumb you ladys are…always twisting storys around!

  47. irishstout says: Dec 2, 2011 8:11 PM

    1. Aaron’s comments were clearly lighthearted and a little snarky for anyone listening to the actual interview. I sometimes wonder if the guy has quitely had media training, he talks like someone who has been taught how to say things in the best possible way.

    2. I’m actually more upset by defenders who lay on a player after a hit than I am by a really hard, clean hit. A hard, clean hit is just part of the game. But laying on an offensive player is, as far as I’m concerned, a clear attempt to delay the game and use the time between the whistles to slow the offense’s movement back up to the line. Its a tacit admission that the defense isn’t up to the challenge of the pace the offense is setting.

  48. lionsfanatic84 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:11 PM

    Kicking the crap out of the lions again? Um what about last year? Get your facts straight

  49. 3ghostninja says: Dec 2, 2011 8:12 PM

    He wasn’t fined, and he shouldn’t have been flagged either.

  50. lionsfanatic84 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:15 PM

    How many snaps has Stafford miss do to injury this season? How many big hits has he taken? Behind the awful offensive line that the lions have, he’s lucky that he has left a game in a body bag

  51. detroitrollin22 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:16 PM

    That’s b/c it was a clear-cut legal hit.

    NFL Refs are too flag happy nowadays. Too much inconsistency when it comes to penalties.

  52. theodorethompson says: Dec 2, 2011 8:52 PM

    Does anyone realize that Packers-Lions is the oldest *continuous* rivalry in the NFL?

    (Packers-Bears didn’t play in 1987)
    _________________________________

    Is this a joke? Try 1941. How has no one called this out, and how does it have 7 thumbs up and 1 down. In the words of Napoleon Dynamite “Read a book for once”
    ________________________________
    *******************************************
    Actually both of you clowns are wrong. Green Bay-Chicago didn’t play in the strike shortened 1982 season, otherwise their rivalry dates back to 1921.(The Bears-Lions /Spartans have the longest continuous rivalry since 1930.)

  53. veence69 says: Dec 2, 2011 9:00 PM

    No ref can resist the power of Aaron Rodgers’ tears.

    The 2011 Green Bay Packers may be the whiniest bunch of nancies to ever play the game.

  54. kevinchrist23 says: Dec 2, 2011 9:03 PM

    Vanden Bosch is a beast period

  55. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Dec 2, 2011 9:25 PM

    I HATE the cheeseheads, but I gotta say, before Suh and Haynesworth were noticed for being dirty, Vandenbosch was by FAR the dirtiest mofo in the NFL. Maybe that’s who Suh learned it from.

  56. gb4mn0 says: Dec 2, 2011 9:33 PM

    Doesn’t it seem all my fellow fans of the Champs that the kitty box excrement balls and the MN vikequeen excrement balls repeat the same jealous rants and spew the same redundant insults? There must be a telepathic female connection if you get my drift. And we all know what them women like to do. B_ t _ h!

  57. stancat says: Dec 2, 2011 10:23 PM

    IIRC, it was someone on Green Bay’s OL that intentionally punched KVB in the neck last year, after the whistle. No flag, no bitching from the Lions. Shortly afterwards, KVB ended up with season ending (potentially career ending) neck surgery on a bulging disc.

    All this hoopla about Suh and KVB is just marketing hype. Suh has NEVER injured anyone since he got into the NFL. On the fouls called on him, both the righteous one and the BS ones, the opposing player got right back up for the next play.

  58. warsal says: Dec 2, 2011 10:31 PM

    Well no surprise there..it was a terrible call not even a penalty

  59. byzr says: Dec 2, 2011 10:51 PM

    the interview with Rodgers on ESPN was hilarious…

  60. johngaltwho says: Dec 2, 2011 10:51 PM

    Wow. It seems like Lion’s fans are playing the victim as they complain about everyone hating the lions, implying the lions are unfairly targeted and then seeing systematic bias in calls against the Lions.

    You do know that not everyone who is not found guilty is actually proven innocent and not every true roughing the passer penalty merits a fine. The fact that VB wasn’t fined doesn’t in any way mean it wasn’t appropriately flagged as roughing the passer.

    By the way, we really do all hate the lions. We went from pity for the fan base to excitement about the prospect of a more competitive division to now just simply looking forward to your inevitable descent back into irrelevance so we can pity you again.

  61. snarkzilla says: Dec 2, 2011 11:20 PM

    >So many guys now go and whine to the media after games

    Rodgers was being interviewed and he was asked about it.

  62. techvet says: Dec 2, 2011 11:23 PM

    Thanks to theodorethompson for correcting my wrong year, but you are incorrect on the Bears-Lions call. From the wiki: “That title goes to the Packers-Lions, who have played at least once each season since 1932.”

  63. treyanastasio says: Dec 2, 2011 11:55 PM

    not sure if its been posted but go here and go to 11:00… http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=71&c=1191&f=235091

  64. mjkelly77 says: Dec 3, 2011 12:56 AM

    Vanden Bosch never should have been flagged in the first place. But the fudge Packers are the darlings of the NFL. The poosy crybabies.

  65. jessethegreat says: Dec 3, 2011 1:36 AM

    Actually both of you clowns are wrong. Green Bay-Chicago didn’t play in the strike shortened 1982 season, otherwise their rivalry dates back to 1921.(The Bears-Lions /Spartans have the longest continuous rivalry since 1930.)
    ——————————————————–
    Meh. You may be factually correct, but be real with yourself. It’s not like Detriot is actually a rival of the Packers. The real rivalry in the division is the Bears – Packers. Two teams that actually respect eachother and put up a fight every season.

  66. mdown15 says: Dec 3, 2011 1:43 AM

    sweeps83 says:
    Dec 2, 2011 7:32 PM
    Your head coach goes after Harbaugh after a game, one of your DTs gets multiple unnecessary roughness penalties and suspended. Lions show no class sometimes. Sorry if I want to whine about edward cullen smashing his helmet in Rodgers face

    *********************************************

    Wow, awesome point. And your guy smacks his beeyotch up after the game…That’s OK though, typical Packers fan, you only have 1 sports team of any relevance.

  67. malikpeterson says: Dec 3, 2011 5:54 AM

    All of this “dirty” talk has become ridiculous. The mob mentality is more egregious than anything the Lions have done on the field this year…aside from Suh. Is HE the Lions? Because get personal fouls within the framework of the play…they are “dirty”? Can someone give me evidence of something so terribly dirty the Lions have done on the field…aside from Suh? Late hits, PI’s, Roughness…happens all the time. So…why are the Lions getting slapped with the “dirty” label?

  68. malikpeterson says: Dec 3, 2011 5:55 AM

    Go ahead…I’ll wait

  69. stellarperformance says: Dec 3, 2011 6:04 AM

    The players getting the most attention (flags) are the ones bringing consistent attention to themselves (dirty play, late hits, engines running after the whistle, etc., etc.) The same infractions from other players get ignored, as they should, because of the infrequency and lack of intent (judgment call by ref.) Reputations go a long way.

    And as for the rest of you jealous nags with your unsubstantiated accusations of whining…look in the mirror…you are the whiners. Follow my arm to the end of my hand and look at what my finger is pointing at. See it?

    SCOREBOARD.

  70. rubbernilly says: Dec 3, 2011 7:19 AM

    12greaterthan4:
    your phobic insecurities notwithstanding, I have one word for you:

    Movember.

    Look into it.

  71. bcar1023 says: Dec 3, 2011 7:32 AM

    Don’t hate on the cheeseheads too much. For Pete’s sake they don’t have anything else but cows and ice fishing. Oooh, how’s aboot dat wun rite der, ah? Lol

  72. sweetnlow44 says: Dec 3, 2011 10:04 AM

    The NFL needs to fine the ref for making such a blatantly bad call in the first place.

  73. purpleguy says: Dec 3, 2011 12:49 PM

    God it pains me to say this, but Rodgers is not only the MVP, but he’s pretty funny too.

  74. packerbacker12 says: Dec 3, 2011 1:20 PM

    “why are the Lions getting slapped with the “dirty” label?”

    Oh I wonder why? maybe because they’re the only team that stomps on their opponent? Dude quit acting like you don’t know. Everyone saw what Suh did.

  75. chas88 says: Dec 3, 2011 1:50 PM

    packerbacker12 says:Dec 3, 2011 1:20 PM

    “why are the Lions getting slapped with the “dirty” label?”

    Oh I wonder why? maybe because they’re the only team that stomps on their opponent? Dude quit acting like you don’t know. Everyone saw what Suh did.

    —————————————————–

    Team? I believe it was only one player that did so. While the Lions may be getting a lot of media attention for their penalties, let’s not act like everyone didn’t also see Woodson punching his opponent not too long ago. A stomp, punch, etc. They all don’t belong on the football field.

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