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Megatron accuses Asomugha of flopping on pass interference call

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Lions receiver Calvin Johnson caught a pass in the end zone on Sunday, but the officials ruled that Johnson had pushed off on Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, and the offensive pass interference penalty wiped out the touchdown. Johnson isn’t happy with the officials, or with Asomugha.

There was hardly any contact,” Johnson told the Detroit Free Press. “I was just feeling where I was at. I went back and watched it on film and I was like, ‘Come on, ref.'”

Johnson said it was Asomugha who convinced the official to throw the flag by making it look like Johnson had pushed him a lot harder than he did, and by yelling to the official that Johnson had pushed him. Johnson said that if the NFL had a rule similar to the rule just adopted by the NBA, which fines players for flopping to try to draw fouls, then Asomugha would get fined.

“The crazy thing was, [the official] was looking at me and didn’t throw the flag until after the dude [Asomugha] said something,” Johnson said. “He would have been fined; that would have been a fine. I am glad the NBA is starting that rule. That used to tick me off about the NBA, too.”

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford agreed with Johnson, saying that after some light contact, “Nnamdi jumped all the way out of the end zone.”

Johnson, who has just one touchdown this season, says that fact doesn’t frustrate him: He says that he almost always gets double covered near the end zone, so Stafford goes elsewhere. But he is frustrated that he lost a touchdown on Sunday because Asomugha flopped.

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64 Responses to “Megatron accuses Asomugha of flopping on pass interference call”
  1. countyk66ers says: Oct 20, 2012 7:13 AM

    The refs need to go to pass interference camp. Every team has suffered from absurd calls this year.

  2. sfm073 says: Oct 20, 2012 7:15 AM

    I’m sick of players whining about other players. Just go out there and do what you’re paid to do.

  3. EJ says: Oct 20, 2012 7:18 AM

    Isn’t any contact past 5 yards a penalty anyway?
    Its part of the game Johnson, get used to it.

  4. yooperman says: Oct 20, 2012 7:21 AM

    “I was just feeling where I was at.” Did he really say that?

  5. larryboodry says: Oct 20, 2012 7:21 AM

    Had it cost them the game, they’d have even more reason to whine.

  6. faulkn22 says: Oct 20, 2012 7:22 AM

    My family was laughing and saying the same thing; if you have to flop to “defend” someone, you are showing that you don’t have the physical tools to do the job.

  7. thejimius says: Oct 20, 2012 7:24 AM

    Flopping is one of the most annoying things about professional sports.

  8. bigbluenationdb says: Oct 20, 2012 7:25 AM

    Nnamdi is awful. One of the biggest free agent flops in recent years.

  9. giftnthecurse says: Oct 20, 2012 7:25 AM

    Dude, that game was last week. You got a lot more important things to worry about come Monday Night. GO LIONS!

  10. sjayski says: Oct 20, 2012 7:26 AM

    Why even bring this up? The Lions won the game. There is always going to be a certain amount of “flopping” both offensively and defensively.

  11. source7769 says: Oct 20, 2012 7:32 AM

    didnt look that pissed off when it happened to you looked right at him and was laughing , wtf cares you won the game anyway

  12. larryboodry says: Oct 20, 2012 7:33 AM

    I say that because Detroit still won that game, and every team has calls like that go against them throughout the season. I have not seen the play in question, but even if the call was blown, nothing can change it now, and methinks Johnson and Burleson should be game-planning for the Bears, not worrying about their deprived stat line or planning a ‘look-at-me!’ taunting penalty.

  13. kdiesel904 says: Oct 20, 2012 7:37 AM

    So what…Wr’s do the same thing all the time.

  14. hehateme2 says: Oct 20, 2012 7:41 AM

    This isn’t the NBA Megatron. Step up your game.

  15. conseannery says: Oct 20, 2012 7:41 AM

    He was obviously so upset with Asomugha that he forgot his natural ability to transform into a Walther P38.

  16. sevensgottago says: Oct 20, 2012 7:42 AM

    Cry us a river, Megatwit.

  17. goraidersgospurs says: Oct 20, 2012 7:43 AM

    He sas only one touchdown, i guess its the curse!!!

  18. watermelon1 says: Oct 20, 2012 7:43 AM

    Ummm. The issue isn’t “flopping.” The issue is the officiating. I told y’all the replacement officials were no different, but the media once-fed you daily that the regular officials were somehow better. Guess what, we’re still questioning calls every week.

    Bottom line, if an official could tell that there was no interference… then all asomugha ends up doing is looking foolish… Not getting bailed out.

  19. jbell33139 says: Oct 20, 2012 7:43 AM

    I wonder how Brent Celek feels about his TD which was overturned?

    Let it go, CJ. You guys got the dub.

  20. goraidersgospurs says: Oct 20, 2012 7:44 AM


  21. mattdaddy7 says: Oct 20, 2012 7:50 AM

    Really, Johnson!?! REALLY!?! Celek did much less and got called for the same thing, you don’t hear him complaining!?!

    I agree, enough whining from everyone and just play. I’m all for an unsportsmanlike penalty every time a receiver or defender jumps up after a play and makes the “throw the flag” motion. Just annoys me!

  22. jc1958cool says: Oct 20, 2012 7:54 AM

    all the whining must be a carry over from the replacements! no crybabys in the nfl, man up turd

  23. jimnaizeeum says: Oct 20, 2012 8:00 AM

    Michael Irvin never thought he pushed off either

  24. mungman69 says: Oct 20, 2012 8:05 AM

    The Eagles lost a touchdown when Brent Celek was called for a phantom pushoff.

  25. chi01town says: Oct 20, 2012 8:11 AM

    What has happend is the CB’s around the NFL has seen the film.
    They know your pass timing an they know Matt gone throw it high to megatron so they are timing the pass an jumping to knock it down.
    they are pushing megatron out of position right after he jump an they know Matt gone keep throwing to him so they are getting picks

  26. pudgalvin says: Oct 20, 2012 8:12 AM

    Calvin Johnson’s on my fantasy team, so I was begging for that touchdown, but I didn’t think there was any question about it. A lot of guys will get moved out of the way when they get a two handed shove from a guy that’s 6’6″ and 230.

  27. broncosnative says: Oct 20, 2012 8:16 AM

    The nfl is not perfect, there will be calls you like and calls you don’t like. Complaining about it is not gonna change anything so this shouldn’t have even been brought up. There was a OPA call Monday night that I questioned on decker when he caught that deep pass but hey, the broncos won, no need to pout. Too much whining this season, do what you are getting paid to do and let the league deal with the problems.

  28. somekat says: Oct 20, 2012 8:22 AM

    Funny how Johnson (someone who whines like this doens’t deserve a nickname) thinks it’s ok for him to “just feel where he is”, but if a defender did the same thing, he’d want a call. That was textbook offensive PI.

    If he wants to find a bad offensive PI call, have him check the call that cost the Eagles a TD on Celek. Now THERE was a joke of a call

  29. marima07 says: Oct 20, 2012 8:26 AM

    The current Pass Interference penalties have to go!

    There’s no rationale in the world for a penalty to give a team 40-50 yards or a ball spotted on the goal line with a fresh set of downs, unless it is reviewable or open to a coach’s challenge.

    These calls can change the entire game and a letter sent by the league the following week admitting the call was wrong does nothing for the team with the extra mark in the loss column.

  30. steelmeats says: Oct 20, 2012 8:30 AM

    I seriously doubt Johnson sought out a reporter to talk about last weeks game. As in most cases that a player appears to be whining about a call or a play(from a previous game non the less), I’m sure some reporter asked him a question about the play in question and Johnson answered it. The media spins this stuff all the time to get people talking

  31. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 20, 2012 8:35 AM

    Hes still the best WR in the game, regardless of you Lions Haters comments. Im pretty sure hes not “whining” either. Re-read the article. If any of you guys know anything about Calvin, he is one of the most classiest guys on the field who hardly ever complains.

    And its true, these D-backs have to do whatever it takes, legal or not, to TRY and cover Calvin, because it just aint happening.

  32. fuzzytaint says: Oct 20, 2012 8:42 AM

    Watch Megatron, he pushes off on many of his catches.He gets away with it most of the time.

    By Getting away with it most of the time he’s so used to doing it that, it comes natural.keep your hands to yourself and it won’t be called.

  33. wicky888 says: Oct 20, 2012 8:47 AM

    Everyone does that in every sport, deal with it

  34. tecmobowl34 says: Oct 20, 2012 8:48 AM

    For all the stacks of rules that are in the WR’s favor, Cal Johnson is whining about the ONE that goes the way of the corner? Come on, man, you can’t have ALL the rules be specifically tailored so you can have huge numbers…just about 99 percent of them.

  35. essentialsausage says: Oct 20, 2012 8:49 AM

    I remember the play in question, and the thing that bothered me was not Asomugha’s flopping so much, but the fact that there was no flag thrown until he complained to the refs.

  36. greymares says: Oct 20, 2012 8:58 AM

    really ? after the call on Celek, your going to whine.

  37. chi01town says: Oct 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    Monday night save the excuses Megatron cause Chicago gone beat Detroit an go 5/1.

  38. pftstory says: Oct 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    I thought only the replacement refs blew calls?

  39. eaglesw00t says: Oct 20, 2012 9:24 AM

    DB s get killed for receivers flopping every week. Are you really complaining about a penalty? For every one against you I can show you 5 that were bs dpi calls

  40. hansenbrothers says: Oct 20, 2012 9:34 AM

    I’d believe megatron over any eagles player any day of the week

  41. stv1719 says: Oct 20, 2012 9:36 AM

    no news here recievers do it all the time… in fact johnson is just angry that his flop and whining was not called earliet in the game

  42. ketch20too says: Oct 20, 2012 9:41 AM

    there would be twelve articles, a congressional hearing and the national guard would have been called out if the replacement refs made that call. The “real” refs have been pretty bad, picked up right where they left off before getting locked out.

  43. reidthewritingonthewall says: Oct 20, 2012 9:43 AM

    He’s just mad he got SHUT DOWN for the three quarters that Nnamdi was covering him one on one… he should send fired OL coach / D coordinator Juan Castillo a gift basket for inexplicably changing the coverage in the 4th quarter and OT

  44. beedubyatoo says: Oct 20, 2012 9:45 AM

    chi01town says:Oct 20, 2012 8:11 AM

    What has happend is the CB’s around the NFL has seen the film.
    They know your pass timing an they know Matt gone throw it high to megatron so they are timing the pass an jumping to knock it down.
    they are pushing megatron out of position right after he jump an they know Matt gone keep throwing to him so they are getting picks
    I get it. This post is a joke, right? An
    SNL parody.

  45. bobbyhoying says: Oct 20, 2012 9:48 AM

    Without the totally bogus call on Celek, Juan Castillo would still have his job. It’s hard to be an NFL ref and have to manage the point spread without appearing to. Bring back the replacements.

  46. dannythebisforbeast says: Oct 20, 2012 9:56 AM

    Whining after winning. New fad

    Celek lost a TD on a bogus OPI. his answer “this loss is on me,it’s my fault”
    Be a man be more like Brent!!

    It’s the new NFL don’t touch anybody. It’s terrible football but it is what it is. it’s ridiculous running full speed making moves and somehow make absolutely no contact. football is being ruined one week at a time

  47. west4420 says: Oct 20, 2012 9:59 AM

    Go play ball and accept your punishment this monday night like a man.

  48. lilrob10201 says: Oct 20, 2012 10:19 AM

    faulkn22 says:
    Oct 20, 2012 7:22 AM
    My family was laughing and saying the same thing; if you have to flop to “defend” someone, you are showing that you don’t have the physical tools to do the job.
    No CB has the physical tools to cover Megatron 1 on 1.

  49. easyeddie says: Oct 20, 2012 10:22 AM

    sevensgottago says: Oct 20, 2012 7:42 AM

    Cry us a river, Megatwit.

    Megatron > than the entire Philadelphia secondary.
    And he’s not a beagle-beater either.

  50. dolphins4 says: Oct 20, 2012 10:39 AM

    Calvin Johnson is a modern day Michael Irvin who pushes off on every play and cries like a baby the one time he gets flagged for it.

  51. lymonb says: Oct 20, 2012 11:17 AM

    I was at that game. It was appropriate call. Move on, Tron.

  52. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Oct 20, 2012 11:52 AM

    obviously calvin wasn’t watching the game while the defense was on the field. because if he was, he would be saying “Damn, we stole one…” and would have gone on to the next game with his head down and his mouth shut.

    The nfl game as enforced today allows the offensive player way more discretion to touch the defender than vice versa. Most bogus calls are on the defender. And the most aggregious offensive pass interference call, costing 4 points, was not the one on poor calvin, but rather the one on brent celek. Those four points would have won the game for philly in regulation.

  53. steelers4385 says: Oct 20, 2012 12:11 PM

    He is one of classiest guys in NFL. Im sure he didnt call some reporter and tell them hey? I have to tell you something. Dude never says nuttn and is always positive. Haters.

  54. ianijm says: Oct 20, 2012 12:30 PM

    Anyone with half a brain knows that the offensive PI call against Johnson was a make-up call for the HORRIFIC pass interference call on Celek that cost the Eagles a TD earlier.

    I’d prefer the refs get it right all the time, but when they don’t the make-up call is fine with me. It was just an even-up.

  55. gwc5002 says: Oct 20, 2012 12:44 PM

    In the Philadelphia defensive scheme, Asomugha isn’t really that good

  56. geniusfan says: Oct 20, 2012 12:48 PM

    “Nnamdi is awful. One of the biggest free agent flops in recent years.”

    False. Painfully false. He’s only allowing 6.4 YPA when teams throw at him which ranks as one of the best in the NFL. As team the Eagles are allowing only 6.2 YPA and a league best 52.7 completion percentage against them. Nnamdi is a huge reason for this.

    But yeah don’t let the facts get in the way of your argument.

    I know how you must feel Giants fan. The Eagles with all their issues own your team. Eli just can’t solve them and Mccoy gashes your vaunted defensive line. The Giant have only beaten the Eagles once in four years. Pretty sad but true.

    The Eagles will see your team in the Meadowlands in week 17 (the Eagles have never lost at Metlife stadium and have beaten the Giants five straight times in New Jersey) you better hope the game doesn’t matter or the Eagles will just beat the Giants again.

  57. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 20, 2012 1:02 PM

    What is with these people who love chaos, taking up for the scab refs? Liberals.

  58. ahostiletakeover says: Oct 20, 2012 1:02 PM

    Could have been worse Megatron, at least your team came out with a W. Seems like I remember Asomugha all over Jacoby Jones in week 2 and not even playing the ball when Jones had a game winning TD catch overturned by offensive pass interference when he pushed off of Asomugha, again AFTER Asomugha should have been called for a defensive interference or at the least an illegal contact of his own.

  59. eaglesandravens says: Oct 20, 2012 1:08 PM

    uhhh no. I actually saw the game and in the previous play, he caught a pass that gained a lot yardage and pushed off nnamdi too. The reason he busted out in the 4th quarter was because our playcalling started going down the toilet.

  60. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 20, 2012 2:36 PM

    Blatant flop or he was awkwardly off balance, either way it was clear that Asomougha screwed up on his own without CJ having any direct interaction to cause it.

  61. 49ersgiants4life says: Oct 20, 2012 3:20 PM

    I love megatron but come on every single time a receiver gets touched or bumped or anything they scream for a flag the NFL set up all the rules to make it easier for the offense to succeed so quit complaining

  62. mail2bency says: Oct 20, 2012 4:46 PM

    “The crazy thing was, [the official] was looking at me and didn’t throw the flag until after the dude [Asomugha] said something,” Johnson said.”

    You know you’re skills are steadily declining when a stud like Calvin Johnson can’t differentiate you from any other subpar cornerback in the league and just assumes your name is “dude”

  63. mintberrycrunch1 says: Oct 20, 2012 6:07 PM

    What is with some of you whining whenever a player talks? You do realize some of the players have friendly relationships with local media and just chit chat about games afterwards? Maybe Johnson was asked about the exact play by the media and responded honestly after reviewing the film.

    The dumbest responses are “he has better things to worry about than than last weeks game”. Why would u assume he’s worrying? You really think he’s sitting around complaining about that play instead of getting ready for Chicago? Child, please. Calvin is also one of the WR’s who DOESN’T ask for flags after every play, I mean in the play in question he was laughing afterwards because he couldn’t believe it. Some of you need to relax.

  64. mintberrycrunch1 says: Oct 20, 2012 7:00 PM


    You do know that you can watch the coaches footage now right? If you took a quick glimpse you would see there was precisely ZERO plays that Nnamdi “shut down” CJ 1-on-1, he always had safety help. Yes, Nnamdi was assigned to CJ most of the game, but it definitely was NOT 1-on-1 coverage.

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