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Antonio Smith: I wasn’t trying to hit Incognito

David Stewart, Antonio Smith AP

Texans defensive end Antonio Smith confirmed Tuesday that he is appealing the suspension handed down from the league as a result of Smith forcibly removing Dolphins guard Richie Incognito’s helmet and swinging it in the direction of the guard during the preseason game between the two teams.

Smith was suspended for the two remaining preseason games as well as the first game of the regular season, a penalty he believes was too harsh because he wasn’t trying to hit Incognito with the helmet. Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston reports that Smith said he was swinging the helmet out of “frustration” and that he regretted losing his cool with Incognito for the second time in as many years.

“I am disappointed in myself I was able to let [Incognito] get to me in the way that he did,” Smith said.

We’ll find out soon enough if the league buys Smith’s explanation for his actions the other night, but the guess here is that Smith won’t be playing in Week One. Whatever proclivity Incognito has for playing close to and/or over the edge, Smith went too far and it’s not something that the NFL can have on the field without resulting in discipline.

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30 Responses to “Antonio Smith: I wasn’t trying to hit Incognito”
  1. bababooeyyy says: Aug 20, 2013 5:48 PM

    John Wilkes-Booth: “I was just trying to show Mr. Lincoln my new bullets!”

  2. 49erstim says: Aug 20, 2013 5:49 PM

    It certainly looked like he was aiming it at him. Just takethe suspension and move on.

  3. jakec4 says: Aug 20, 2013 5:51 PM

    Worst excuse ever. When there is clear video it is exactly what it is.

  4. unbiasfan says: Aug 20, 2013 5:53 PM

    Antonio Smith should become a lawyer, smartest statement I’ve ever heard

  5. daysend564 says: Aug 20, 2013 5:55 PM

    Someone must have tampered with the sample

  6. fafaflunky says: Aug 20, 2013 6:01 PM

    hey smith watch the video, you
    might want to retract that
    statement.

  7. drewsylvania says: Aug 20, 2013 6:02 PM

    With this sort of thing, it matters what you did, not what you were trying to do. You swung the helmet at him.

  8. firstroyal says: Aug 20, 2013 6:02 PM

    He is a liar

  9. reasonisthereason says: Aug 20, 2013 6:02 PM

    Imagine if this was Ndamakong Suh…

  10. catquick says: Aug 20, 2013 6:02 PM

    That’s the equivalent of” I didn’t know it was loaded”

  11. 4greatestvikingever says: Aug 20, 2013 6:04 PM

    “He had a bee on him and I was trying to help him out.”

  12. mn1288 says: Aug 20, 2013 6:16 PM

    Who doesn’t Incognito have problems with?

  13. fdugrad says: Aug 20, 2013 6:17 PM

    And the ref doesn’t like him, The sun was in his eyes, the ball took a bad hop, the dog ate his homework and his check for the fines he should receive is in the mail…

  14. scmems07 says: Aug 20, 2013 6:21 PM

    awww, i wasn’t trying to comment on this post

  15. formyministy says: Aug 20, 2013 6:25 PM

    there was another guy there who i was aiming at? would you believe that?
    how about, richie looked hot and i was trying to use the helmet to fan a breeze in his direction?

  16. painsyndicate says: Aug 20, 2013 6:26 PM

    Hey Antonio, get Eric Holder involved. He will hook you up.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 20, 2013 6:30 PM

    “He had a smudge on his forehead, I was trying to wipe it off for him. I know he’d do the same for me….”.

  18. (oYo) Chesticles (oYo) says: Aug 20, 2013 6:34 PM

    I gotcha Antonio, classic case of “he was trying to headbutt the helmet I was holding”…

  19. (oYo) Chesticles (oYo) says: Aug 20, 2013 6:35 PM

    painsyndicate says:
    Aug 20, 2013 6:26 PM
    Hey Antonio, get Eric Holder involved. He will hook you up.
    _________________________

    Or sell you better weapons than a helmet…

  20. craniator says: Aug 20, 2013 6:36 PM

    Antonio , I’m a Dolphins fan and I forgive you.
    Now , just get back on the field and go beat those stinkin’ Patriots.

  21. wahoo21 says: Aug 20, 2013 6:51 PM

    Geez……does assault and battery come to mind….how about assault with a deadly weapon?

    Shut up and serve your suspension and be lucky you didn’t connect and cause a serious injury or kill him……then you could have a cell mate named Hernandez

  22. jbaxt says: Aug 20, 2013 6:53 PM

    Incognito 2, guy with suspension 0. You’rea getting owned bro.

  23. butchramz67 says: Aug 20, 2013 6:57 PM

    If you would have done that outside of the stadium you would have definitely caught a charge, so be thankful you did it in a game setting and take your punishment. Your excuse is weak sauce!

  24. zoxitic says: Aug 20, 2013 7:38 PM

    I was just trying to show him the part of the helmet that is illegal to use; the crown. It was a friendly gesture.

  25. jacunn2000 says: Aug 20, 2013 8:23 PM

    He should have jut said the truth. This guy is dirty and I wanted to knock his teeth into his throat. I would respect him more.

  26. tindeaux says: Aug 20, 2013 8:32 PM

    well, he can’t say he was proud of what he did… i’d impose 5 game band.

  27. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 20, 2013 8:34 PM

    Shameful

  28. ken2016 says: Aug 21, 2013 12:03 AM

    And Zimmerman didnt mean to shoot him!

  29. garrison1981 says: Aug 21, 2013 12:22 AM

    Intent is what it goes for! In Baseball the good hitters who do PEDS aren’t only that get in trouble, ALL THE GET TESTED POSITIVE ARE! Doesn’t matter if he connected or tried! Now as league your showing its ok until u connect! Maybe someone should swing a helmet at Goodell’s head and he’ll realize!

  30. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 21, 2013 11:33 AM

    jbaxt says:
    Aug 20, 2013 6:53 PM
    Incognito 2, guy with suspension 0. You’rea getting owned bro
    ________________

    Texans won both of those games…. so Smith 2 Incognito 0…. In reality it’s Texans 7 Dolphins 0 but… these are just details.

    Anyway it was a dumb statement by Smith. If you watch the other angle of the video though you can see he clearly slows up at the end of the swing as if he just realized what he did. He drops the helmet and walks off.

    It was a stupid out of control play. He has to appeal or it would set a precendent that would upset the NFLPA. Last time he got it reduced on appeal but not this time I think. He has to get at least 1 game for this. Intent or not… you can’t swing a helmet at a guys head.

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