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Dockett loves inflicting “physical, bodily harm”

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Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett apparently didn’t get the memo.  Or if he did, he tore it up and laughed.

Our money is on the latter.

Dockett, whose new facemask can be described with no words yet spawned by the English language, has taken to Twitter on Friday morning to explain why he plays football:  “1 reason I love this game is bc I can inflict physical, bodily harm to another individual in an environment which it is morally acceptable.”

This sentiment underscores the reality that, with or without bounties, football is a rough-and-tumble game in which large men with bad intentions collide with other large men who possibly have worse intentions.  Removing from the process an envelope full of cash doesn’t make guys less inclined to try to hurt each other.

Most if not all realize the strategic benefit to knocking opposing players out of games.  Some simply enjoy it.

The problem with Dockett’s statement is that, in recent years, the range of moral acceptability has narrowed.  The NFL, in an effort to make an inherently unsafe game safer, systematically is trying to remove from the game opportunities to inflict “physical, bodily harm” that are deemed unnecessary to the act of advancing the ball or tackling the guy who has it.

Still, the NFL never will be able to police the hearts and minds of the men who apply clean hits that happen to inflict injury.  The league would like us to believe that the injuries are incidental.  The reality is that, for plenty of the guys who play the game, the injuries are intended — whether to help the team win or simply because the guy delivering the hit (as Dockett admits) likes inflicting bodily harm in a setting where no one can get sued or arrested.

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19 Responses to “Dockett loves inflicting “physical, bodily harm””
  1. vdogg says: Jun 14, 2013 9:23 AM

    He’s not a dirty player to my knowledge, and you have to love the fact he wants to play the game hard….the facemask on the other hand is dumb in my opinion – it’s too much of the “hey look at me” attitude in sports these days.

  2. goraidersgospurs says: Jun 14, 2013 9:24 AM

    Ok so I just got a $1k = A stack BET that I wouldn’t take a shower on ustream lol ok soo as soon as I see the money its On….(Darnell Dockett)

  3. blueglaze says: Jun 14, 2013 9:24 AM

    A real football player… Why must the media people take philosophical typical words as this and turn it into a big deal?

  4. nfloracle says: Jun 14, 2013 9:27 AM

    There’s only one thing better in life than knocking the crap out of an opposing football player and that one thing occurs in a bed… most of the time anyway.

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 14, 2013 9:43 AM

    He didn’t necessarily mean that he enjoys causing injury. He’s probably just using colorful language to say that he enjoys hitting people. News flash: That’s what football is about.

  6. jimmyt says: Jun 14, 2013 9:49 AM

    Good thing he doesn’t love winning.

  7. bennyb82 says: Jun 14, 2013 9:50 AM

    I really doubt there are many players who go out and play the game intending to injure anyone. If they have that mindset, they probably would not continue to hold a job in the NFL. With that said, they probably love to make opposing players feel pain. There is a big difference between injury and hurt.

  8. sabanissatan says: Jun 14, 2013 9:58 AM

    He is the dirtiest player in football, just ask Earnest Graham

  9. dixiebob says: Jun 14, 2013 10:08 AM

    It is obvious this “football player” doesn’t like to receive pain. His face mask looks like a fencing mask. Like a great luminary once said, “If you want to talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk”.

  10. bbenfer07 says: Jun 14, 2013 10:24 AM

    I doubt any player on defense loves football because they love soft, fluffy bunnies…

  11. stlunatik says: Jun 14, 2013 10:24 AM

    If that mask helps you play better, what are you going to do about the rest of the defense? And what about your QB, lol.

  12. jam111632013 says: Jun 14, 2013 10:40 AM

    if you love it that much, do it for free….

  13. officialgame says: Jun 14, 2013 10:52 AM

    Is that face mask legal in the NFL?

  14. professorcolumbus says: Jun 14, 2013 10:54 AM

    I guess it is all cardinals fans doing the thums down on that Ernest graham comment. Only someone who is in denial or too lazy to look it up would say he is not dirty.

  15. bigjd says: Jun 14, 2013 11:22 AM

    I hope Roger Goddell doesn’t read this article.

  16. sabanissatan says: Jun 14, 2013 11:22 AM

    Spot on, Professor… Cards fans didn’t watch him at Free Shoes U

  17. icardfan says: Jun 14, 2013 12:14 PM

    Dockett would start on any D-Line in the league. He’s had a few dirty plays, but he isnt a dirty player. Want an example of a Cardinal’s dirty player? Conrad Dobler

  18. surfinbird1 says: Jun 14, 2013 1:33 PM

    Sounds like the quack of a chiropractor I saw for my sciatica pain.

  19. thejimthorpejamsession says: Jun 14, 2013 5:56 PM

    That mask of his looks like the lines on the underside of a blue whale. What if we call it “The Krill Filter”?

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