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Bernard Pollard presses his case that Tom Brady’s slide was dirty

Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) jumps over a sliding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the second quarter in the NFL AFC Championship football game in Foxborough Reuters

Immediately after the Ravens beat the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard said he thought New England quarterback Tom Brady tried to kick Ravens safety Ed Reed during a feet-first slide. With some time to look at the replays and think about it, Pollard pressed the case on Monday that the NFL should discipline Brady.

“When you slide . . . everything is on the ground. He knew what he was doing,” Pollard said on Monday. “It has to go both ways. Hopefully the NFL will do something about it.”

Realistically, there’s almost no chance that the NFL will do something about it. It’s impossible to know whether Brady was trying to kick Reed or whether his foot just came up awkwardly in his slide, and the NFL isn’t going to fine Brady for something that might have been an accident.

But Pollard will continue to press his case in part to point out a double standard: Quarterbacks get the benefit of the doubt on incidents like this. Defensive players do not.

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  1. lflib69 says: Jan 22, 2013 6:46 AM

    Get over it punk…you didn’t see any of the Patriots come to the media and call you out for all of your illegal vicious hits against them (Welker, Brady, and Gronk…Ridley looked to be clean so I won’t include him). You are in the Superbowl..act like a man. Guarantee you Brady did not do that intentionally..the fact that he went to Reed in the huddle directly afterwards proves that.

  2. tim2200 says: Jan 22, 2013 6:50 AM

    Pollard is the dirtiest player in the NFL. His comments are hilarious.

  3. gadzod says: Jan 22, 2013 6:50 AM

    Well why not? Ed Reed got fined for a CLEAN hit a few weeks ago. Why won’t they fine Brady? Oh yeah, I know, he’s untouchable. If you even sneeze on Brady, you get a roughing the passer called on you.

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 22, 2013 6:51 AM

    If you snuck brady it would be a crime of historic proportions ! Mr commissioner you can’t hit me and during the time you can’t hit me I can kick you ,sounds about right when it comes to the fifth best guy to ever play the position !

  5. Chris Fiorentino says: Jan 22, 2013 6:53 AM

    Bernard Pollard…..Terrell Suggs….there’s something to be said for acting like you’ve been there. These idiots are the least classy winners I have ever seen. We all know Belichik is a poor loser…but these morons from the Ravens are even worse winners.

  6. braven4evr says: Jan 22, 2013 6:58 AM

    he has a point and not just because it is brady; defensive players are held accountable for everything especially helmet to helmet or hits to the head even when the offensive player lowers his head.

  7. vincentbojackson says: Jan 22, 2013 6:58 AM

    Pollard fails to realize Brady only went in spikes up to break up the double play.

  8. flash1283 says: Jan 22, 2013 7:00 AM

    So the NFL should do something because he allegedly TRIED to kick him.

  9. drpompanoduke says: Jan 22, 2013 7:01 AM

    Truth. Suh was looked at over and over bc his leg was high……. But the NFL will let Giselle get away with it. Wonder who Team Giselle is blaming for this loss.

  10. clownsfan says: Jan 22, 2013 7:02 AM

    Is this guy still talking? Good god! NOBODY cares Bernie. This Ravens squad……it’s gonna be a looooong 2 wks of having to listen to these specimens.

  11. fanofevilempire says: Jan 22, 2013 7:04 AM

    He knew exactly what he was doing, I don’t blame him, but he knew and he should get a
    10 grand fine. We know defensive guys put a little extra in for a QB.

    no Brady fan here.

  12. beecee71 says: Jan 22, 2013 7:05 AM

    It was dirty. It was pretty clear. Is it that big a deal though? Are you going to fine him for that? Suspend him? It’s football and if that is the worst thing that happens to you during the game count your blessings. And I hate Tom Brady more than all of you combined plus 1.

  13. ewsullivan says: Jan 22, 2013 7:05 AM

    Why not? They took a long look at Suh’s leg whip. Not saying that was intentional or not. And I understand Suh has a history but the NFL has to be consistent. PERIOD.

  14. bucslose says: Jan 22, 2013 7:06 AM

    He’s right but I doubt they’d ever think of fining Brady

  15. rahavort says: Jan 22, 2013 7:06 AM

    Why do the Ravens keep crying? Didn’t they win the game? If I were the Ravens I’d stop complaining about a game that passed and start focusing on the 49ers…they’re going to need all the time they can get

  16. tcmiller30 says: Jan 22, 2013 7:07 AM

    “…the NFL isn’t going to fine Brady for something that might have been an accident.”

    As opposed to all those helmet to helmet hits where the wide receiver lowers their head to try and protect themselves and get met by the helmet of a defender making what should have been a perfectly clean tackle.

    Must be nice to be the ‘Poster Boy’

  17. ravensfansc says: Jan 22, 2013 7:10 AM

    I agree with the last statement whole heartedly. While I do think it was a kick, it really is tough to tell and the quarterback will get the benefit of the doubt.

  18. jimyritz says: Jan 22, 2013 7:11 AM

    You won, move on….By the way, no one cares what the dirtiest player in the league thinks…

  19. milesrunner262 says: Jan 22, 2013 7:12 AM

    We’ve seen were a defensive player has good position until the offensive player drops their head and basically causes the head to head contact. The defensive player gets fined anyway. There can’t be a double standard just because it was an accident…or more likely because it’s Tom Brady. Of course with that logic, Ed Reed will get fined for not doing more to avoid his foot.

  20. lambeaurules says: Jan 22, 2013 7:14 AM

    I respect Brady’s talents and achievements on the field but that was an intentional attempt at kicking someone. He should be held to the same standards as all players are held. This was more blatant than the Su “kick to the groin”. Brady needs to shell over a few bucks for that one IMHO.

  21. nashz84 says: Jan 22, 2013 7:14 AM

    I think if it was suh from the lions that’s did that’s same exact sliding kick everyone in America would be ripping him for it , but it’s Brady so everyone jus brushes it off ,

  22. riggo08 says: Jan 22, 2013 7:16 AM

    Pollard is right, but the NFL won’t fine one of their poster boys. The best team won and Brady can practice his slide at home!

  23. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 22, 2013 7:20 AM

    As the dirtiest player in the league do you have any credibility ? No you are fine and a suspension waiting to happen ..you just cashed your last karma check…

  24. beretta96d says: Jan 22, 2013 7:23 AM

    Two days later and still crying! Shouldn’t he be focussed on something else?

  25. dawhorsefeathers says: Jan 22, 2013 7:34 AM

    Please get back to the film room, Bernard, and focus on teeing up Kaepernick in full stride.

  26. timb12 says: Jan 22, 2013 7:39 AM

    I think this is the one time Brady benefits from being unathletic, we all think it could have been an accident. And the league looked at Suh’s kick, but they didn’t come down with a fine or suspension so what does it matter?

  27. camcameronsucks says: Jan 22, 2013 7:40 AM

    Anyone with common sense knows that when you slide, you slide with your feet down and away, no? The NFL will not fine Tom Brady simply because he is who he is, Tom Brady.

    It saddens me to say this but Tom Brady is one of the big NFL names and he is everywhere. Roger Goodell will not fine the pretty boy because it would bring bad press to one of the “faces” of the NFL. There are so many headlines of other players beating their wives, driving drunk, taking drugs they shouldn’t, etc. What would happen if Brady was fined; it would be chaos! Fans, hardcore or casual, would be up in arms! Brady is dirty, oh no! The NFL would suffer! (Sarcasm off)

  28. 49erstim says: Jan 22, 2013 7:41 AM

    I do think him lifting his leg was intentional, but I don’t think his intent was malicious. I think he reacted out of self-preservation to avoid getting hit. I know the NFL won’t fine him, but he does deserve it.

    Not for nothing as well, but I hope the Ravens keep dwelling on that Pats game. ;-)

  29. serr8d says: Jan 22, 2013 7:42 AM

    Damn, but I’m enjoying the long faces of Belicheat and the Brady Boy! Can’t stand the Ravens either, though; in this case, the worst of two swamps got drained.

  30. merky19 says: Jan 22, 2013 7:44 AM

    I think Brady was merely raising his leg to keep anyone from piling on. He wasn’t swinging it in a kicking motion. I could see myself doing the same thing.

  31. gizzmonic says: Jan 22, 2013 7:47 AM

    try to focus on San Fran you nitt witt, Turn the page and let the leage figure it out..Dont be the weak link in the chain

  32. catquick says: Jan 22, 2013 7:49 AM

    Who cares if its an accident? That makes no difference when a safety has head to head contact. I’ve been watching football for 5 decades and never once saw a QB do that before. By his own admission, the difference between a hound Brady and older Brady is he’s more ornery now.

  33. JohnG says: Jan 22, 2013 7:49 AM

    Bernard Pollard calling out another player for a dirty play? How rich.

  34. nukaten says: Jan 22, 2013 7:52 AM

    Quarterbacks are a creature of habit, if you wanna know the truth. Check the film on every one of Brady’s slides, and see if he goes spread eagle like that every time, i”ll go out on a limb and say he doesn’t.

  35. iamthefootballjerk says: Jan 22, 2013 7:56 AM

    Anyone that has played even a little bit of soccer knows that this was ABSOLUTELY an intentionally dirty slide. Not only does he have his “studs up” during the slide, he gives a little extra flick of the foot at the end of the slide. The Suh kick was WAY different, as he was rolling and had much less control of his body.

    And there is nothing wrong with standing up for your teammate, regardless of the outcome of the game. In fact, it would have seemed like sour grapes if they lost, so you can’t have it both ways.

  36. gopats23 says: Jan 22, 2013 7:57 AM

    Yes Bernard, there is a double standard. You see, they are quarterbacks, and there are only about 10-12 people on earth that have the ability to play that position at a high enough level to possibly win a Superbowl. If you don’t have one of those guys, you can’t win one. That’s why they get paid so much more than you.

    There is not a safety in the league that removing him from the team automatically removes that team from contention.

    You get it now? Good, so be glad you have one of those guys, start focusing on what is in front of you instead of behind you, and start acting like the Champion you and your team played like on Sunday.

  37. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 22, 2013 7:59 AM

    For a that team prides itself for being so tough there is a lot of whining coming out of Baltimore..sssshh you won because you were better. All you are doing now is making people really see what babies you and your coach are…play ball forget the refs…they have helped as well as hurt you..just shut up already..

  38. seeptermean says: Jan 22, 2013 8:01 AM

    Even the announcers said it looks like Brady was trying to protect himself. If you’re laying on the ground and someone is pointing a gun at your or swinging a bat or knife, your reaction is to lift your foot to block it. I think this is what happened here.

  39. reed20fence says: Jan 22, 2013 8:03 AM

    It takes like 10 seconds during a busy day of film study, conditioning and practice to pull a reporter aside and say your still upset about the double standard.

    And I think it’s very important to point out this glaring double standard and embarass the NFL into taking action.

    QBSs are totally taking advantage of their privledged status, and none more so than the most privledged QB.

  40. corchamp says: Jan 22, 2013 8:04 AM

    It was pretty obvious that this “kick” wasn’t malicious in anyway. Brady saw Reed coming in, it happened fast, he put his leg up as a reaction.

    If someone is charging at me from behind, and I turn to see them just before they hit me and I put my arms out to try to stop them, I am not trying to punch them.

    What a non story this is. Has Ed Reed even made a statement? Does he even care? This is why Reed is one of the best all time at his position, he understands things happen in games. No need to cry.

  41. clownsfan says: Jan 22, 2013 8:04 AM

    Wah wah wah……all this Ravens squad does is cry. Whether its “Rev Ray” & his crocodile tears or whining that Flacco doesn’t get respect. It’s ridiculous. It’s gonna be a llllloooooooong 2 weeks of having to listen to these specimens

  42. rockthered1286 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:06 AM

    To people saying Pollard needs to move on and get over it, it’s not like he’s hunting down reporters to tell them “hey I still think the Brady slide was dirty.” It was a simple question by a reporter, probably something to the extent of “after watching the replay, do you still think it was a dirty slide?” And BP answered honestly. When a reporters asks a question, you answer it.

    Unless of course your Billy Boy, then you just dodge the reporters because you’re a pompous sore loser.

  43. micktanner says: Jan 22, 2013 8:06 AM

    Marsha (Brady) is a PUNK….pure and simple! With that said….he got his….HE AND HIS TEAM L O S T ! No points in the 2nd half for the self proclaimed greatest offense ever against a team that ‘owns’ his butt! Nuff said, move on to better and much bigger things!

  44. cowboyhater says: Jan 22, 2013 8:06 AM

    Really? Let it go Pollard. You’re in the big dance. Who cares if chicken leg Brady’s leg went up a little high on his slide. You guys take dirty shots on receivers all the time. Both teams are so annoying after games are played. I can’t stand either team. Not a fan of San Fan either, but would love to see them blow the doors off the Ravens in the SB.

  45. evrybdyhas1 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:06 AM

    Maybe thats all he remembers after the Ridley collision. Remind him Ravens Won!

  46. dadofthedecade says: Jan 22, 2013 8:07 AM

    drpompanoduke says:
    Jan 22, 2013 7:01 AM
    Truth. Suh was looked at over and over bc his leg was high……. But the NFL will let Giselle get away with it. Wonder who Team Giselle is blaming for this loss.

    __________________________________

    Right. Because Suh got that giant fi….oh. Wait. Never mind.

  47. dadofthedecade says: Jan 22, 2013 8:08 AM

    And I have no idea where Pollard gets off calling anybody dirty.

  48. reasonablemindsays says: Jan 22, 2013 8:09 AM

    WAAAAAAAA!!!!!! WAAAAAAA!!!!

    Thats all Im hearing right now. Maybe if the Ravens could leave their talking on the field then maybe they could be a decent team.

  49. kantnockdahustle89 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:13 AM

    People say “this player doesnt have a history so they shouldnt do anything.” Well the history has to start somewhere and here is where it should start. Its time you start protecting the defensive players.

  50. husky2score says: Jan 22, 2013 8:18 AM

    I agree with Pollard, but not just because I am a Ravens fan. I’ll use baseball as my backup. Baseball has no where near the same type of physical play as football. In baseball, if you were to steal a base and slide with your leg up to hit somebody, you could be ejected from the game. I don’t see why that isn’t the case in football. I believe Brady should be fined because the NFL is all about keeping players safe, right? Brady could have seriously injured Ed Reed if Ed’s leg was in the right position. But I guess that because it little Tom, Tommy can do whatever he wants.

  51. bullcharger says: Jan 22, 2013 8:20 AM

    The Ravens should probably realize that beating the Patriots wasn’t winning the Super Bowl. Let it go and get ready for the game that matters. Brady might get fined but why even waste a second thinking about that now. It won’t shock me if the Ravens have a let down even though they are capable.

  52. jimiinpa says: Jan 22, 2013 8:20 AM

    hopefully someone will return the favor to bardy next season

  53. elks84 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:20 AM

    Regardless of intent, he should be fined. It’s really hard to judge intent and that’s why defensive players are fined all the time regardless of intent. The same should apply in this situation.

  54. realitycheck21 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:21 AM

    Giselle n Billy both are two of poorest sports there are. Billy never likes to talk after a big loss. Routinely he declines interviews just like Sunday night. Yeah its tough as hell but he can muster up some internal fortitude for 2 minutes and answer a couple of idiotic questions with obvious answers. Show some class Billy and stop the two year old pouring nonsense. Be gracious in defeat. Be a man.

  55. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 22, 2013 8:25 AM

    rockthered1286 says:
    Jan 22, 2013 8:06 AM
    To people saying Pollard needs to move on and get over it, it’s not like he’s hunting down reporters to tell them “hey I still think the Brady slide was dirty.” It was a simple question by a reporter, probably something to the extent of “after watching the replay, do you still think it was a dirty slide?” And BP answered honestly. When a reporters asks a question, you answer it.

    Unless of course your Billy Boy, then you just dodge the reporters because you’re a pompous sore loser.

    14 4 And you and the Ravens are classy winners….ya right

  56. alehleha says: Jan 22, 2013 8:26 AM

    I’m laughing at the people suggesting that Pollard is the dirtiest player in the league. That’s especially since he’s being targeted for a crushing hit that the OFFENSIVE player initiated by lowering his helmet.

  57. azcm2511 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:28 AM

    micktanner says:Jan 22, 2013 8:06 AM

    Marsha (Brady) is a PUNK….pure and simple! With that said….he got his….HE AND HIS TEAM L O S T ! No points in the 2nd half for the self proclaimed greatest offense ever against a team that ‘owns’ his butt! Nuff said, move on to better and much bigger things!

    Look up the definition of “self proclaimed” and then show me one single instance of any current patriots offensive player making that statement. The only ones who need to “move on” are the ravens and patriot haters…..learn to win with some dignity, they whine more when they win then when they lose!

  58. mangycougar says: Jan 22, 2013 8:34 AM

    In case you have not noticed, Brady is not the most gifted athlete. It was an awkward run followed by a horrible slide.

    Plus, he might have been practicing for his next Uggs ad layout………………………..

  59. docdisco says: Jan 22, 2013 8:37 AM

    I’m sure the NFL would just change the rules to allow sliding QBs to kick a defender in the groin before they would fine Brady

  60. edgarpoe3 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:38 AM

    There is a double standard in the NFL with Brady. He rarely gets flagged for infractions other players get fined for. I remember in a game I was watching this year when he threw a hissy fit after a play didn’t go his way. He looked at an official and spiked a ball in front of the official and started yelling at him. Players have done a lot less than that in the NFL to get an unsportsmanlike penalty. But no flag was thrown when Brady did it.

    And I don’t blame Brady for this. The blame lies solely on the refs. It shouldn’t matter what name or team is on the jersey. The refs need to be consistent on their penalty calls and not let certain players get special treatment.

  61. ham1 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:39 AM

    Quit crying about a game you won and get ready for the next. What a drama queen.

  62. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:40 AM

    Pollard is the dirtiest headhunting player in the league. His repeated helmet to helmet hits against the Pats last weekend are just one of many demonstrations of this. He should have 100k or so of fines coming this week.

  63. tomcous says: Jan 22, 2013 8:41 AM

    Not a Ravens fan here … just a football fan!

    QB’s have the right to their protection slide but a slide with a leg extended in the air is an agressive move. This is no different than a baseball player sliding into 2nd. As a base runner you are RESPONSIBLE to keep your cleats down! Intent is irrelevant … it is responsibility.

    Football defenders are not allowed to stick their legs out. They are held RESPONSIBLE for tripping & leg whips.

    The NFL needs to be RESPONSIBLE enough to say that safety of Defensive players is also important! No fine for something as visible and blatantly irresponsible would show a huge bias toward the focus of Offensive players only!

  64. manilovethepftcensors says: Jan 22, 2013 8:42 AM

    I’m not a fan of either team and it was very obvious to myself and everyone who I was watching the game with that it was intentional.

  65. scoobies05 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:42 AM

    he was asked a question and gave an honest answer. and teams that are in the superbowl are better than decent. they are the top 2 teams in the league. dumb post

  66. wwwmattcom says: Jan 22, 2013 8:44 AM

    Supposed greatest qb ever doesn’t know how to slide? Maybe brady thought about giving out a hit but slid instead causing his leg to rise. Since brady is known for giving up the body for a few extra yards. Haha yea… I say fine him because as the supposed greateat qb ever he should be more responsible for his actions. You fine Suh to prevent dirty play but you should fine brady because of his entitlement issues.

  67. steelerben says: Jan 22, 2013 8:45 AM

    I’m no Ravens fan, obviously. But that was a pretty clear kick. And if Brady is going to get a flag for a defender looking at him funny after he releases the ball he should be willing to take the fine for sticking a foot out there. It isn’t like he doesn’t make enough money to cover it.

  68. rexryansdirtysock says: Jan 22, 2013 8:45 AM

    Pollard will get a big, fat fine for his incredibly dirty hit on Wes Welker.

    He should shut up and focus on the Super Bowl.

  69. tjacks7 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:48 AM

    My guess is Goodell will have Ed Reed write Brady an apology letter for getting so close making him slide and get all dirty.

  70. pef12 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:53 AM

    Whiners even when they win – waiting for the San Francisco Chronicle’s hit pieces on Ray Ray, T Fizzle and Ed Reed the headhunter. Pollard is a tool.

  71. bartlettruss says: Jan 22, 2013 8:53 AM

    Brady gets a pass on everything. He throws a lousy pass to Wes Welker in the Super Bowl and all anyone does is blame Welker. Even Welker blamed Welker, but Brady never stepped up and took blame for what was a pass way high and behind the receiver.

    I will defend him a little here though. Comparing this incident to the Suh incident is a stretch. Sure, Brady’s leg came up, but it could have been a defensive reaction. We all know Tom can’t stand to be hit. Suh on the other hand threw a kick, landed a kick and landed that kick straight to the crotch.

    Brady probably deserves a fine, but I’m not sure he deserves to be compared to a man who kicks other men in the crotch.

  72. stiffmcgriff says: Jan 22, 2013 8:57 AM

    Not a Patriots or Ravens fan what-so-ever. I watched the entire game, though.

    I for one don’t like Tom Brady at all. Of all my years watching NFL games, I’ve never seen a QB slide with his leg way up in the air.

    His slide was a classic baseball move.
    Runner advancing to 2nd base
    2nd baseman is off the bag fielding the ball
    Runner slides away from bag straight at 2nd baseman with spikes high

    Brady saw Ed Reed closing in on him, and he went down with plenty of time for Reed to pull up, he kept his leg up. Give the pretty boy a fine and move on. Doing nothing just feeds the masses the fact that Tom Brady is in the Commish’s pocket.

  73. myeaglescantwin says: Jan 22, 2013 8:57 AM

    How can ‘intent’ now be used to decide whether a players actions were legal or not?
    Never once has intent been discussed involving all these defensive fines..

    What matters is the action on the field, the action on the tape.
    It’s perfectly clear that Brady had intentions of protecting himself on that slide.
    His front leg never even hit the dirt,, he just slide in high and even raised his leg higher..

    That was a B!tC# move out of a player i like..

    What this points to is the continued neglect of the dangerous actions of offensive players.
    The NE RB getting destroyed is another instance of this.

    Nearly 100% of the time, when a ball carrier sense contact, they did their helmets into defenders…
    HOW CAN THIS BE OVERLOOKED??

    the defenses are getting fined for the actions of the offense..
    the calls need to go both ways..

  74. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 22, 2013 8:57 AM

    #1. Brady stood more of a chance getting hurt with his leg up like that than the DB.

    #2. Are the Ravens so used to losing a big game and having to blame everything and everyone around them that they honestly don’t know how to act when they win?

    #3. What would you want him to do, Pollard? Dive at Ed Reed’s knees and then call it an accident. WE KNOW YOU WOULD.

    #4. I hope he spends the next two weeks whining about this while the Niners actually focus on the Super Bowl.

  75. jagsfan1 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:58 AM

    For once I would love to see Brady get hit like that running back did…just ktfo…the dude NEVER gets hit and every time he goes to the ground from incidental contact he looks to the refs and also acts like he is hurt.

    Dude is a total wuss…cares more about “fashion” then football.

  76. therealtrenches says: Jan 22, 2013 8:59 AM

    The more he talks, the less convinced people will be. He should let the film do the talking. And doesn’t he have a game to get ready for?

  77. Little Earthquake says: Jan 22, 2013 8:59 AM

    If you think that’s dirty, get ready for the 49ers…

  78. malab377 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:59 AM

    Pollard is the cause of 4 major injuries in his last 5 games against the Patriots.

    4 in 5 games… all on key players.

    Pollard > Saints bounty program

    If the NFL really cares about players safety, they should take this punk out of the league fast.

  79. jetblackninja says: Jan 22, 2013 9:00 AM

    Never in my life have I heard the winning team cry so much.

    I guess they know this is the last ride for the franchise for a long time, so might as well draw as much attention to yourselves as possible?

  80. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 22, 2013 9:05 AM

    When a reporters asks a question, you answer it.

    So rock the red this applies to Ray answering questions about his murder experience…nope he won’t so your theory is everyone else but Ray..got it

  81. chattanola says: Jan 22, 2013 9:06 AM

    Pollard and the Ravens’ D was effectively owning the Pats O at that point. I interpret the slide as a defensive posture but, let’s assume Pollard’s view is correct. His comments make him seem hell bent on getting justice when he should be focused on their achievement of the AFC crown, as underdogs to boot.

    So someone asked him a question, whining about some injustice is not the mark of a champion. It’s juvenile and makes him look small. He won, he should focus on the Superbowl.

    (I am amazed at the amount of blind hate for the Pats I see on the internet. Everyone seems to be drooling for vengeance.)

  82. coolzog says: Jan 22, 2013 9:07 AM

    Says the guy who has a list of people he’s seriously injured that’s a mile long.

  83. ravenator says: Jan 22, 2013 9:07 AM

    Refs tried to do everything humanly possible to give this game to the Patriots. They were just so bad though that they could not capitalize.

  84. danimal1027 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:08 AM

    There are many plays that players are find for that are not intentional. It was a dangerous play and appeared to have intent. That being said the day ANY qb gets find for a bad hit will be a laughable one

  85. comeonnowguys says: Jan 22, 2013 9:10 AM

    Don’t care who the guy is, when you have all of the protections afforded to your position and you do something like this, well, this is weaksauce.

    That aside, it’s also one of those little revelations of Brady’s true character, when things aren’t falling into place for him.

  86. lbijake says: Jan 22, 2013 9:10 AM

    As a result of the Brady kick, Goodell will suspend Sean Payton for another season.

  87. superputman says: Jan 22, 2013 9:12 AM

    Scenario: Last play of a game between anyone and the Pats, there is a turnover and intercepting/fumble recovering team has possession as time runs out.

    If that player went into a feet first slide in the same manner as Brady, who in this scenario was running toward them to attempt a tackle… what would Pats fans and the entire NFL fan base be saying?

    “He was trying to take out Brady!” Then that player would pay a hefty fine. Right?

    Exactly. Don’t deny it. Double standard. Be honest with yourself, this is a football message board, no one really cares/matters. Just don’t lie to yourself because your a Pats fan or Ravens hater (I’m neither). I know it is an unlikely scenario, as Brady would be walking off the field before the play was over with his head down.. but just try and picture the scenario in a fair context, maybe even with a different QB.. and you’ll come to the same conclusion: DIRTY.

  88. kcflake says: Jan 22, 2013 9:14 AM

    Yeah. Bernard Pollard is a clean player??? His play reminds me a lot of Rodney Harrison. Dirty.

  89. danimal1027 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:15 AM

    The other thing that’s getting old is the it was a “protective posture” talk, sliding is the protective posture.

  90. dtarlow32 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:15 AM

    How is Pollard a “dirty” player? He has had one legitimate helmet to helmet hit, all others i.e. the one vs. the chargers and the one vs. the jags last year, he is flagged for and then not fined after the league determines it was within the rules. Pollard is a lot of things, bad at pass coverage being one of them, but he is not a dirty player.

  91. macwomack says: Jan 22, 2013 9:18 AM

    I would have ejected Brady for that nut shot — but discipline of the Patriots is a penalty in the league and any offical that tries might get fired.

  92. butlers91 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:24 AM

    These NFL players are becoming the biggest bunch of whining sissies – where have all the tough guys gone to?

  93. getyourownname says: Jan 22, 2013 9:26 AM

    What people who say “you won, stop complaining” are overlooking is that cases like this are precedent. Much harder to enforce any penalty next time a QB does the same thing, with a different result.

    It’s obvious from the video Brady was putting his leg up intentionally. It may have been a defensive reaction, maybe the same reaction most people would have, but he clearly knew what he was doing. If you allow that sort of thing in what is supposed to be a “give-up” situation, you have to allow for defensive pre-emptive reactions in all cases where a supposedly protected player is allowed to preemptively strike first. For example, the defensive player should be allowed to act preemptively to protect himself from such a contact. All this defeats the whole QB sliding rule and is going to increase injuries, not to mentin making it much harder on refs. The whole sliding QB rule is meant to take injury out of the equation. Either you choose to slide and get benefit of the protection rule, in which case you can’t do it aggressively so as to injure those around you, or you choose to run, in which case you have more leeway.

    Pollard is right to make the NFL take a clear position on the issue before someone does get seriously hurt. If it isn’t going to fine Brady, it needs to clean up the rule.

  94. jamaltimore says: Jan 22, 2013 9:31 AM

    No doubt it was intentional. No different than SUH’s inadvertant kick that was shown thousands of times on ESPN to say what a dirty player he is. Brady is a Lady and he probably just didn’t want ed to fall on him so he kicked at him like the little girl that he is.

    Bernard Pollard owns the Patriots so he’s entitled to say whatever he wants.

  95. aljack88 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:32 AM

    If Brady’s “kick” was so intended to maliciously injure Reed, how come Ed Reed isn’t complaining?

  96. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 22, 2013 9:37 AM

    Refs tried to do everything humanly possible to give this game to the Patriots. They were just so bad though that they could not capitalize.

    What channel was that game on…science fiction I bet

  97. geniusesq says: Jan 22, 2013 9:55 AM

    Didn’t Ndumbakong Suh accidentally kick somebody this year too?

    I think a fine is appropriate.

  98. truetrue85 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:55 AM

    God I knew if the Patriots best them we would have to listen to them cry about it. I didn’t know the same could be said about them beating the Patriots. Just shut up and prepare for the super bowl… act like you’ve been there before.

  99. watermelon1 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:57 AM

    Hilarious to me how other teams fans say ravens complain when they lose and try to blame it on the officials.

    Point is… This happens every time the ravens play Peyton manning, Tom Brady, or Ben roethlisberger.

    The officials give those teams/QBs ridiculous calls.

    A lot of times, those calls decided the game. To not complain and draw attention to horrible officiating just because they won the game would be hypocritical and doesn’t help to bring a solution to the problem. The only way this gets fixed is to keep bringing attention to it.

  100. letemplay says: Jan 22, 2013 9:59 AM

    It was pretty bad. I mean, Reed has to do everything in his power not to accidentally touch Brady when he goes into his slide, so he jumps over him to avoid a flag and Brady tries to kick him?

    Meanwhile, if most receivers now lower their head right after they make the catch so it’s pretty much impossible to tackle them without a penalty/huge fine.

    The rules in this game are getting pretty crazy.

  101. j0esixpack says: Jan 22, 2013 9:59 AM

    No one knows more about playing dirty than Marcus Pollard.

  102. bratbeach says: Jan 22, 2013 9:59 AM

    Bernard Pollard owns the Patriots so he’s entitled to say whatever he wants.

    —-

    Playing dirty everytime you play equates to owning? Yeah, no. Let’s be real Pollard is actually an average player (as indicated by his borderline journeyman status) whose built a name off being dirty and conveniently injuring several players of one team. But there’s nothing that impressive about this guys game, if there was then he wouldn’t change teams every couple years. No team is fighting to keep him.

  103. Marcus says: Jan 22, 2013 10:01 AM

    Starting to sound like the Ravens just played their Super Bowl. I wonder if they realize they have another game in two weeks? Maybe they should focus on that.

  104. matthewcarlson1 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:02 AM

    Yeah, but he’s Tom Brady. What’re they gonna do? Fine him? Not gonna happen.

  105. allmyexsliveintexas says: Jan 22, 2013 10:03 AM

    That slide was so awkward something had to have been wrong. I suspect Tom had a yeast infection during the game.

  106. weepingjebus says: Jan 22, 2013 10:03 AM

    Anyone notice where Reed’s foot landed when he came down? It takes two to tango.

  107. dontfeedgigantor says: Jan 22, 2013 10:04 AM

    Ed Reed was interviewed on The Fan last night, and he talked about the slide. Honestly, Pollard needs to let it go, because Reed has. Ed’s a grown man, he doesn’t need a personal advocate. Talking about it this much just sounds like sour grapes.

    Pollard, I love you, but you’ve got more important things to worry about than Tom Brady right now.

  108. rj2013 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:10 AM

    Dude, why don’t you worry about the biggest game of your life? This is why I think the Ravens will get smoked by SF. Keep Talking

  109. ravanator says: Jan 22, 2013 10:12 AM

    Ravens fans need to stop complaining, or Charlie Batch will start both games against you next year and Steelers will sweep!

  110. nesports5 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:36 AM

    This guy Pollard is the scum of the NFL. He should be suspended for the Super Bowl for the head shot Welker. Never mind his history of cheap shots and players he as intentionally injured. He is a cheap shot dirt bag and so classless the Ravens should be ashamed to have him in the pretty purple uniforms. Who cares if Brady slid feet first, he’s playing golf now while the Ravens get to play for a Championship. Why don’t you worry about that Bernie. Clearly this Raven’s team has no clue how to handle wining, the are classless players and impossible to root for unless you live in the ghetto of Baltimore. After the AFC championship I didn’t care who won the Super Bowl, but after reading how these Ravens handle victory, go 9ers. Murders and head hunters with no class that’s this Ravens team.

  111. patriotenvy says: Jan 22, 2013 10:38 AM

    The Ravens have a bunch of players on defense who are just not good people. I hate to do it but I am pulling for the 49s. I hope it is a blow out.

  112. tyrobjenkins says: Jan 22, 2013 10:46 AM

    Actually, Suh was fined $30,000 for the Schaub incident.

  113. rockthered1286 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:49 AM

    Patsy fans- I know you’re upset that you just got dominated last week, and after barely escaping Baltimore last year in the AFCC, losing in week 3 this year, and getting owned last week, we can officially say the Ravens own the Pats these days. It’s painful, I’m sure. But come on- Pollard is just a nasty physical football player. His hit on Ridley was clean. His tackle of Gronk was absolutely by the book. Welker the same. Brady he simply wrapped up like your told to do. None of these injuries were from head shots or blind side hits, and not one drew a flag in the game, or a fine after. Whine all you want- doesn’t make Pollard any less of a player, and I’d be willing to bet Billy would take him in a heartbeat.

  114. drizzo311 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:59 AM

    It’s impossible to know whether Brady was trying to kick Reed or whether his foot just came up awkwardly in his slide, and the NFL isn’t going to fine Brady for something that might have been an accident.
    ___

    You mean similar to if a ‘defenseless receiver’ lowers his head at the last minute, causing the defender to accidentally collide, helmet to helmet? I tend to believe Brady’s slide was more of a self-defense gesture, as opposed to a malicious one. But that should not preclude the NFL from levying a fine against a pretty dangerous result.

    As so many have said before, the NFL can’t, and shouldn’t, attempt to interpret or adjudicate intent…just the result. I believe this result warrants a moderate fine.

  115. bruno1433 says: Jan 22, 2013 11:05 AM

    Pats fans just like the the NFL think that team can do no wrong.Brady the biggest crybaby B in the NFL. The gronk hit was legal if your talking about the hit during game he had 2 feet down. The hit on pitta was 10x worse the any of the BS calls on the ravens

  116. rockthered1286 says: Jan 22, 2013 11:07 AM

    nesports5 says:
    Jan 22, 2013 10:36 AM
    “….Clearly this Raven’s team has no clue how to handle wining, the are classless players and impossible to root for unless you live in the ghetto of Baltimore.”
    ___________________________
    Clearly you’ve never been to Baltimore. If you get a chance, visit Canton, Fells, Federal Hill, Harbor East, Inner Harbor… all within the city limits. The “ghetto” is nothing more than a 10-block radius on the other side of the city. Most major cities in this country have a similar issue (LA, NYC, MIA, DAL, etc.).

    Oh and we handle winning just fine over here- 5 straight years in the playoffs with at least one win every year. Something NO other team in the NFL has accomplished. Our players are proud to bring an AFC title to Baltimore, and will be proud to bring the Lombardi back in 2 weeks.

  117. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 22, 2013 11:21 AM

    Oh and we handle winning just fine over here- 5 straight years in the playoffs with at least one win every year. Something NO other team in the NFL has accomplished. Our players are proud to bring an AFC title to Baltimore, and will be proud to bring the Lombardi back in 2 weeks.

    When you win you don’t cry about the refs or disrespect the team you beat both of which Suggs and Pollard did. Your record is impressive but your class……haven’t seen it yet

  118. metitometin says: Jan 22, 2013 11:25 AM

    What a joke Bernard Pollard is. What a punk. He should be thrown out of the league for all his dirty hits and cheap shots, including the ones on Gronk and Ridley. With the NFL so concerned about concussions and hits, Pollard’s play is an embarrassment to the league. He is an absolute disgrace.

  119. jenksym says: Jan 22, 2013 11:27 AM

    James Harrison thought it was dirty too. He’s also mad that you people keep calling Pollard “dirtiest player in the league!”

  120. coolzog says: Jan 22, 2013 12:18 PM

    Maybe he just kicked his leg up so Pollard wouldn’t hit him low again…

  121. raiders757 says: Jan 22, 2013 12:54 PM

    “Realistically, there’s almost no chance that the NFL will do something about it.”

    Of course not. We all know Tom Brady and the Patsie’s are Goodell’s favorite team. It’s been obvious that over the years he’s done all he can to help the team win and stay relevant. Without him, the Patriots “dynasty” would never have existed. The fix has been in for a decade running. If it wasn’t for the Giants and Ravens foiling his plans, the Pats would probably have six rings with a * by them by now.

  122. kev86 says: Jan 22, 2013 2:10 PM

    If someone slid like that at Brady it would def. be a fine.

  123. cundiffsboot says: Jan 22, 2013 2:53 PM

    metitometin says:
    Jan 22, 2013 11:25 AM
    What a joke Bernard Pollard is. What a punk. He should be thrown out of the league for all his dirty hits and cheap shots, including the ones on Gronk and Ridley. With the NFL so concerned about concussions and hits, Pollard’s play is an embarrassment to the league. He is an absolute disgrace.
    ===============================

    Please explain to me how a normal tackle on Gronk last year is considered dirty or cheap. Was he supposed to let him just walk into the endzone. I mean it must have been pollards fault that he wasnt a psychic and that he didnt see ahead of time that Ridley was going to duck his head.
    Dont be a coward stand up for your statement and please explain how both of those hits were dirty or cheap!!!

  124. cmdrsmooth says: Jan 22, 2013 5:47 PM

    It was intentional. Sparked the Ravens too.

    Too bad the NFL doesn’t want to fine and let their Ugg Wearing Wonderboy QB appear as a dirty clown.

  125. mrmidevil says: Jan 23, 2013 1:54 AM

    Pretty big talk from a dirty player

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