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Paul Kruger, Joe Thomas, and an alleged “flop”

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When a new player arrives via free agency from a twice-per-year division rival, there’s always a chance some damage will need to be undone.

That applies to former Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger, who is now sharing a locker room with Browns left tackle Joe Thomas.

An item in the Cleveland Plain Dealer reminded us of an incident from last season, when the Browns and Ravens met on a Thursday night in Baltimore.

As the Browns tried to mount a comeback, an unnecessary roughness penalty called on Kruger against Browns left tackle Joe Thomas gave Cleveland one more shot.

After the game, Kruger accused Thomas of taking a dive.

“I was just getting held pretty bad,” Kruger said at the time.  “I threw my hands at him to get him off me and he flopped pretty bad.  Unfortunately, they called it.  I wish I was that strong. I would be doing that every play.  Yeah, he just flopped pretty bad.”

Since they’re both adults and now teammates — and really rich ones, at that — they should be able to find a way past it.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with hoping just a little bit that they won’t.

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25 Responses to “Paul Kruger, Joe Thomas, and an alleged “flop””
  1. operwapitsai says: Mar 13, 2013 8:28 AM

    go shake hands, bring up the confrontation, laugh about it, move on. these are professional football players not middle schoolers. I doubt drama like this will ever be a problem…..for these two players at least

  2. lgw91s says: Mar 13, 2013 8:31 AM

    Yes, that must be really awkward. The only thing worse would be if they showed up at the training facility wearing the same outfit.

  3. wakaflockaflacco says: Mar 13, 2013 8:32 AM

    I was at that game, I agree w Kruger there’s no way he would be able to level a guy Thomas’ size that easily, even though it was a monsoon out there.

  4. pwndabeer says: Mar 13, 2013 8:35 AM

    “Of course, there’s nothing wrong with hoping just a little bit that they won’t.Of course, there’s nothing wrong with hoping just a little bit that they won’t.”

    Really? Congrats on being the second biggest tool in sports writing, directly behind peter king.

  5. monsterscream says: Mar 13, 2013 8:45 AM

    Very fitting since the Browns as an organization are a flop.

  6. jdk5477 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:46 AM

    Who’s the tool? The guy at home reading the article and poking fun or the writers? Come on buddy teammates having bad blood is funny! And if your not a browns fan it’s pretty cool!

  7. camcameronsucks says: Mar 13, 2013 8:56 AM

    RIP Paul Kruger – on to join the other Ravens stars who fizzled out when they left the time, say hi to Bart Scott, Adalius Thomas, and Jim Leonhard for me…

    Oh and I don’t think he was paid enough, ~40 million to suffer life in Cleveland and become irrelevant? Shoulda paid him more.

    P.S. – better find another good pass rusher because Kruger had 1.5 sacks before Suggs came back, then he racked up the other 13…..

  8. sl781 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:57 AM

    “Of course, there’s nothing wrong with hoping just a little bit that they won’t.Of course, there’s nothing wrong with hoping just a little bit that they won’t.”

    Is this TMZ or a sports site? What a petty and ridiculous thing to say.

  9. ttommytom says: Mar 13, 2013 9:01 AM

    You would have to be Mr Rogers to like everyone…

  10. chillmodedlb says: Mar 13, 2013 9:02 AM

    I’m sure practicing against each other constantly will make it much less chippy

  11. clebrowntown says: Mar 13, 2013 9:03 AM

    Thomas & Kruger will be best buds guaranteed
    They’re both diehard Republicans on a team owned by a major behind the scenes player in that sport

  12. whysomanylosers says: Mar 13, 2013 9:04 AM

    These are men, not women. Can’t tell you how many times I would be pissed at opposing players during a game and then go have a beer afterwards.

    We dont care about this kind of drama, bring us some FA news.

  13. Sports with JDK says: Mar 13, 2013 9:05 AM

    Wow, way to take a little throwaway joke way too seriously, pwndabeer. Jesus Christ, go outside and get some air.

  14. stilllovemybungles says: Mar 13, 2013 9:12 AM

    Well, looks like Kruger has made his final Super Bowl appearance. Poor Fella..lol…

  15. beedubyatoo says: Mar 13, 2013 9:13 AM

    Thomas is so good, that that’s the only way anyone will get him off his feet.

  16. swagger52 says: Mar 13, 2013 9:23 AM

    Joke is on Kruger because he joned those jokers. Cleveland would have to pay me a lot more than that to play on that team.

  17. wolfjenx says: Mar 13, 2013 9:34 AM

    its part of the game folks…..if you know someone has a bad temper and you need to make a play you exploit them. He got the best of ya that play….move on homie

  18. ctownteams says: Mar 13, 2013 9:36 AM

    All the posts about Kruger like he made a bad football decision. The only joke is on the Ravens, Kruger saw Boldin not wanting to take a pay cut to play for a team on decline and jump ship before it sank to play for a team that should have beat his team twice last year and no one wanted to play the second half.

  19. watermelon1 says: Mar 13, 2013 9:57 AM

    This is such a non-story, I bet they don’t even bring it up. It probably wasn’t in the back of either of their minds.

  20. nananatman says: Mar 13, 2013 10:28 AM

    I question the term adults, especially since they spend their time in tight pants

  21. arcaero says: Mar 13, 2013 11:47 AM

    Sounds like a wily veteran move by Joe Thomas to me…what’s the big deal, Florio?

    Since flopping is the attorney equivalent of lying..it should be right up your alley! Never flopped in a courtroom before?

  22. sneaux49 says: Mar 13, 2013 12:32 PM

    It might have already happened. We’re not privy to that lifestyle. They might have already gone hunting together. All we can do is speculate.

  23. Stiller43 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:26 PM

    Its not like he said hes a terrible player. He said he flopped, which thomas will be glad to admit to a current teammate. Case closed.

  24. hedphurst says: Mar 14, 2013 12:26 AM

    I’m with arcaro on this one. When a player bends the rules for a winning team to gain a competitive edge, people usually call them “wily,” “savvy,” or “competitive,” but when they play for a losing team, then it’s just “flopping,” “cheap shots,” or “cheating.” Winning cures everything, and if Kruger helps the Browns get wins, he won’t care if Thomas draws a few questionable penalties against opposing defenders.

  25. seldom1 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:13 AM

    “Of course, there’s nothing wrong with hoping just a little bit that they won’t.”

    Forget it, Florio; Pisburgh’s day is over and the Brown’s day is dawning. No reason to get catty.

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