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Thomas Davis fined $21,000 for game-changing penalty

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Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness Friday, for striking a defenseless player in head and neck area.

But on the day of the game, Davis disputed even being penalized on the play in question, which helped facilitate the Panthers loss to the Buccaneers last week.

Davis his Bucs wide receiver Tiquan Underwood in the last minute of regulation, and felt like the flag came in late.

“Listen to me, man,” Davis said after the game, via Ron Green Jr. of the Charlotte Observer. “It’s ridiculous how they wait and see if a guy is going to lay down on the field before they make a call. It don’t make no sense.

“You can’t play defense any more because they’re looking around to see if a guy is going to lay down on the field. Clearly you can see I went in low, (my) shoulder tried to get under his shoulder then he laid down on the field and they called a penalty. It’s ridiculous. It don’t make no sense.”

The penalty turned an 18-yard reception into a 33-yard play, moving it into Carolina territory during the game-tying drive and stopping the clock while the officials sorted out the ruling at a point when the Bucs had no timeouts.

“It’s a tough call,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “I understand that it’s about safety. It’s tough because Thomas just came and made a football play. It’s hard because at that point are we supposed to miss him and let him catch the ball clean?

“The receiver is going down, Thomas is coming across, how are we supposed to make plays on that? Thomas didn’t hit him helmet to helmet. That much I’ll say. The referee made a judgment call. We have to live with it.”

At least until Davis appeals, a case which he might have a better chance with now, in a climate of defensive players making their voices heard.

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12 Responses to “Thomas Davis fined $21,000 for game-changing penalty”
  1. mburkett1980 says: Nov 23, 2012 5:00 PM

    It wasn’t until the latest rule changes that we’ve seen WRs lay down on the ground as if they’ve been shot whenever they get hit. I bet they’re being coached to do this.

    Davis is right, WR laying on the turf motionless = automatic flag. Garbage.

  2. mintberrycrunch1 says: Nov 23, 2012 5:02 PM

    Football fans need to take a close look at other sports with garbage Commissioners like the NBA and NHL. Unfortunately, the NFL is quickly falling down the same path which will eventually lead to fan apathy.

  3. richc111 says: Nov 23, 2012 5:10 PM

    Agreed, they need to start giving penalties for faking. You see it a lot on tape with QB’s too. They act like they been shot even if someone just grazes their helmet. Brady should get a academy award sometimes. Anytime someone comes close to his legs he folds like a cheap table. Then after the flag gets tossed pops up brushes himself off and I am sure smiling inside knowing it was a job well done on his part. The thing with that is some crappy QB on a bad teams does it, Nothing! to bad sucker, get on a good team and you’ll start getting the calls.

  4. snoopydog5471 says: Nov 23, 2012 5:18 PM

    This is the worst call ever.

  5. hayesair says: Nov 23, 2012 5:35 PM

    No. The worst call ever was calling Doug Martin carry a fumble and not a touchdown.

  6. snoopydog5471 says: Nov 23, 2012 5:39 PM

    Thomas Davis the Panthers LB was fined the league has gotten completely out of control. Clearly it was a shoulder to shoulder hit that was only flagged after the WR did some acting secondly fining people for not controlling physics is ridiculous. A bunch of old men sitting around watching frame by frame tape thinking its just as easy to control two bodies one not being your own just as easily as their fat little fingers control the remote

  7. aljack88 says: Nov 23, 2012 6:02 PM

    richc111 says:
    Nov 23, 2012 5:10 PM
    Agreed, they need to start giving penalties for faking. You see it a lot on tape with QB’s too. They act like they been shot even if someone just grazes their helmet. Brady should get a academy award sometimes. Anytime someone comes close to his legs he folds like a cheap table. Then after the flag gets tossed pops up brushes himself off and I am sure smiling inside knowing it was a job well done on his part. The thing with that is some crappy QB on a bad teams does it, Nothing! to bad sucker, get on a good team and you’ll start getting the calls.
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    You watching a fantasy channel or something? Brady yells no more than any other QB and doesn’t fold like a cheap table. All his home games are on artificial surface and most other stadiums use the same, so there isn’t anything to brush off.

    You must have one of those crappy QBs on your crappy team.

  8. flboyindallas says: Nov 23, 2012 6:21 PM

    Those idiots saying it was a bad call need to watch it again. A forearm shiver to the head of a receiver who’s coming down with the ball is a penalty all day every day. It had nothing whatsoever to do with his shoulder. Panthers fans are just dumb homers who are mad their team is one of the worst in football. Get over it and get some objectivity…maybe you’ll gain a little respect. Good luck.

  9. delhommed says: Nov 23, 2012 6:31 PM

    NFL you are way out of bounds here! First of all, it should not have been flagged, but now you throw your BS fine in the mix. How about next year, we eliminate tackling and place flags on players hips. Your fining system is garbage!

  10. justwannawinna says: Nov 23, 2012 6:50 PM

    Are u serious what has this game become? This is why these men should get paid millions.
    And on the issue of Brady, he falls or even coughs too hard its a penalty. Hell they changed a rule for him but when it happened to other QBs earlier nothing. And anytime Brady yells for a yellow flag he gets one.

  11. deeboy says: Nov 23, 2012 9:39 PM

    The most embarrassing thing about the call was that the receiver actually dropped the ball after being hit, but the play for some unknown reason was not overturned. If he had completed the catch, the receiver was not defenseless, therefore there really isn’t any basis for the penalty. Oh wait, we are in the Goodell Touch Football League.

  12. jgedgar70 says: Nov 26, 2012 2:03 PM

    It was an absolutely horrible call (the childish comments of flboyindallas are inaccurate), but I doubt it was the reason we lost the game. Given the way things were going, I suspect we would have still found a way to botch it.

    But it was a horrible call, just like the Denver punt return for a TD, the Dallas “timeout” 4 seconds after a play started, the imaginary horsecollar tackle in the same game, and the DeAngelo TD in the Redskins game.

    There sure have been a lot of head-scratching calls this year…

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