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Delanie Walker: Erik Walden should have been ejected for head butt

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The 15-yard penalty on Colts linebacker Erik Walden for ripping off Titans tight end Delanie Walker’s helmet and delivering a head butt was not enough to satisfy Walker. Instead, Walker thinks it should have resulted in an ejection.

“What got him riled up? I was whupping his butt, that’s what happened, and the cat couldn’t take it when he was getting whupped,’’ Walker told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean after the game. “He got frustrated, and he should have been ejected for what he did. That’s bush league and that’s the type of stuff we don’t need in this league.”

Walker was not penalized even though he responded to Walden’s head butt with a punch.

“I threw a punch at him; I’m not going to lie about that. It’s on film,’’ Walker said. “But that was just a reaction. You head butt me in the face because I am beating you? C’mon.”

Walker said Walden better be ready when the two teams meet again.

“I whupped on him the whole game, and I’m going to whup on him again in two weeks,’’ Walker said. “We are not cool. That type of stuff doesn’t belong in the NFL.”

Aside from the incident with Walden, Walker had an excellent game, catching all 10 of the passes thrown to him for 91 yards and a touchdown.

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50 Responses to “Delanie Walker: Erik Walden should have been ejected for head butt”
  1. nfl fan says: Nov 15, 2013 7:08 AM

    Come on Man! What is it going to take to get a player ejected if not for that? DO YOUR JOB!

  2. pensman29 says: Nov 15, 2013 7:12 AM

    He seriously called that guy a “cat” in an interview. Wow

  3. big64d says: Nov 15, 2013 7:14 AM

    Dalanie should have just asked aldon smith to help him and they both could just shoot at him. Oh too soon?

  4. atruccon says: Nov 15, 2013 7:15 AM

    100% agree. Can you imagine if this was a player with a previous reputation for after the play activities (I’m not going to say his name because that witch hunt has died down over the last few weeks)? It would be a media feast; all the articles from these holier than though sports writers about how he’s an awful human being, how he needs to be suspended for the rest of the season, how he’s a dirty player, that he should get fined a million dollars, etc… The nfl is extremely inconsistent, and they definitely got this one wrong.

  5. ctiggs says: Nov 15, 2013 7:36 AM

    I love this, shades of the old NFL!!!

  6. hoosiercolts says: Nov 15, 2013 7:40 AM

    Walker is right. That’s bush league as hell and there is no place for that. It’s one thing to headbutt a guy wearing a helmet but a guy without one because you ripped it off?? What a p@$$y move Walden. That’s not how I want my Colts to play.

  7. longdrive2011 says: Nov 15, 2013 7:40 AM

    What I saw was walker marching 2 yards over to Walden to get in his face. He should have been looking for his helmet instead of taunting an opposing player. It also appears that Walden had a decent game while her wasn’t being wupped on

  8. titansbro says: Nov 15, 2013 7:48 AM

    He’s right. He was being blocked into oblivion on that play, cleanly I might add. Then he inexplicably rips his helmet off & as Walker gets in his face like, “What the hell?” he headbutts him. Punkish nonsense.

    I’d take Walker in that fight too. Have you seen his head? Built like a cinder block.

  9. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2013 7:52 AM

    The union will back Eric Walden on this, they always back the turds.

  10. rascalmanny says: Nov 15, 2013 7:53 AM

    Every Titans fan can tell you how the refs don’t favor the Titans at home.

    And I don’t care about individual fights…..did you win the game or not?

    It’s WAY past time for a serious house cleaning for the Titans.

  11. jeffchadwick says: Nov 15, 2013 7:55 AM

    Agreed. And Walden has been a first rate creep for a few seasons now.

  12. xlichamps says: Nov 15, 2013 7:56 AM

    Sorry, but I have no sympathy for him. You want to be a tough guy and stick your unprotected skull in the face of a guy with his helmet on, you get headbutted.

  13. kantnockdahustle89 says: Nov 15, 2013 7:56 AM

    Walden make some big plays for the Colts in the 2nd half. Makes me wonder if he had not been in the game what would have happened. Maybe he wont even be in the game in 2 weeks…think about that.

  14. reed20fence says: Nov 15, 2013 8:02 AM

    I bet his fine will be hefty.

  15. dankinator says: Nov 15, 2013 8:08 AM

    I’m a diehard Colts fan, but I’m not a homer. Walker is right. Walden SHOULD have been ejected for that. That was classless and immature.

  16. wryly1 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:09 AM

    Both Walden and the officials who did not eject him should be suspended.

  17. kepdogg23 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:15 AM

    When the guy who breaks up house parties by shooting guns off in the air is the voice of reason, you may be hearing from the league!!

  18. cshearing says: Nov 15, 2013 8:23 AM

    Walker is absolutely right. What a cheap shot by Walden.

  19. bennyb82 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:24 AM

    Perfect Response

  20. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 15, 2013 8:27 AM

    Colts are close to an implosion…

  21. richcranium2112 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:30 AM

    Pretty clear that the level of officiating in the NFL continues at a suspect level.

    While I’m not a big fan of the intrusion and delay of replay, the college game seems to move pretty swiftly in checking out suspect plays and correcting calls in an expeditious manner.

    The NFL rule book is getting too complex and needs to be simplified and get out all the IF, THEN, ELSE crap. That would be a good investment by the competition committee!

  22. indytom87 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:31 AM

    As a Colts fan – I agree 110% – he should have been tossed. That is not the Colts style or culture and reflects poorly on the rest of the team.

  23. groleo45 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:33 AM

    Obviously Suh was behind all this

  24. eatitfanboy says: Nov 15, 2013 8:39 AM

    longdrive2011 says:
    Nov 15, 2013 7:40 AM
    What I saw was walker marching 2 yards over to Walden to get in his face. He should have been looking for his helmet instead of taunting an opposing player. It also appears that Walden had a decent game while her wasn’t being wupped on

    You do realize that it was Walden who violently ripped Walker’s helmet off, right?

  25. chalkruz1989 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:41 AM

    The worst way to officiate the NFL is through inconsistency. I’ve seen some major penalties result in slaps on the wrist and juvenile acts brought down by the iron fist.

    JordanWalden should have been immediately ejected and fined for his actions, plain and simple. This is not the NHL, these guys have the ability to hit each other every play, but keep it within the rules.

    Delanie Walker was right for punching him, nine out of 10 would have done the same thing. It’s unfair that Walden was able to do that and continue to play the game. That’s when further damage is done and the play gets dirty.

  26. dexterismyhero says: Nov 15, 2013 8:53 AM

    Hey Delanie, shut up. You lost. Try not trash talking “all” the time you are on the field. And as another poste said, don’t get in someone’s face without your helmet on.

  27. ravensgrl says: Nov 15, 2013 8:54 AM

    He’s right!

  28. thegrigga49 says: Nov 15, 2013 8:59 AM

    Delanie is a beast. The 49ers sorely miss him ,his toughness, and everything he brought to the offense. He was burton Walden all seasoning the 2 games they played the Pack last season too. I hope Delanoe keeps playing as we’ll as he is and The Titans got one helluva player. Signed – a Niner Ryder till I retire.

  29. hack19 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:11 AM

    I don’t disagree that Walden should have been ejected, but wasn’t Walker’s approach similar to bringing a knife to a gun fight? It’s not like Walker wasn’t engaging Walden.

  30. almighty1 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:14 AM

    Walden sucks. I’m sure Walker was whuppin him. Still laugh when I think of the $ the colts gave him.

  31. mubbcsoc says: Nov 15, 2013 9:24 AM

    No helmet to helmet comment… Kidding of course. Walden clearly had intent to do damage. On the field you have to know whether a player is vulnerable or not and that’s why he did it. Sick of all these players trying to brush things off like this, this is Sherman level trash talk. Talk trash, back it up. Walker backed it up all night. Walden deserves the book thrown at him, this is similar to throwing your helmet at someone.

  32. northstarnic says: Nov 15, 2013 9:32 AM

    He is absolutely right. Dude should have been tossed and facing a serious suspension.

  33. icanspeel says: Nov 15, 2013 9:33 AM

    Not to mention Walden was the one who ripped the helmet off of Walker’s head prior to head butting him.

  34. lazrrocketarm says: Nov 15, 2013 9:35 AM

    Nice touchdownroddywhite. Thinks Colts are imploding?
    Your team has 2 wins and you are hobbling around.

    Colta have a 3 game lead in their division.

    As far as Walden, even as a Colts fan, definitely think he should have been ejected. Hope he is suspended.
    Every Colts fan I know agrees.

  35. golfenigma says: Nov 15, 2013 9:47 AM

    I doubt this group of officials will be working the Super Bowl. They were having problems all night. At one point while the Colts were driving they delayed the game trying to figure out where the ball needed to be placed after the quarter ended. They missed a challenge flag at one point also. The irony…This game’s referee, Mike Carey, has reportedly ejected the most players among active referees.

  36. bradygirl12 says: Nov 15, 2013 10:16 AM

    I think it’s safe to say that this “low-light” will be one of the topics of “Come On ,Man” on MNF next week. Can’t believe Walden wasn’t tossed.

  37. eatitfanboy says: Nov 15, 2013 10:16 AM

    I love all of the people saying he shouldn’t gotten in his face without his helmet on. So you’re saying that if a player violently rips your helmet off and throws it you’re not supposed to respond? And the it’s appropriate for Walden to assault an unhelmeted player that he caused to be unhelmeted?

    Sure, that makes perfect sense.

  38. wrestlecraprd says: Nov 15, 2013 10:33 AM

    Huge Colts fan here, but Walden absolutely should have been ejected. He was an idiot.

    Also mad propers to Walker for using the term “whupped” four times in two sentences.

  39. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Nov 15, 2013 10:36 AM

    Good no call, ref!

    Go COLTS!

  40. vikescry1 says: Nov 15, 2013 10:37 AM

    Walker didn’t walden explain to you he thought you were colin kappernick in the packers niners playoff game from last year, he thought he finally caught you…

  41. jchuber says: Nov 15, 2013 10:43 AM

    After watching this game, it was really apparent that the refs wanted the colts to win. Colts got away with several obvious personal fouls, while titans were tagged for farting to often. The BS on the over ruled 1st down play was way to obvious. Just for the record, I’m not a Titans fan, but it’s sickening when the refs take sides.
    When the NFL goes trough the game film, they should fine the refs for missing these critical call. yeah, how about 21K per infraction!!!!!!!

  42. shatho1 says: Nov 15, 2013 10:44 AM

    all the posters that are siding with Walden are punks just like him stay classy girls

  43. thingamajig says: Nov 15, 2013 10:59 AM

    But you have to admit it wasn’t a helmet to helmet hit.

  44. emoney826 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:02 AM

    Go beat up your girlfriend again, Walden. You belong in prison. Terrible football player and a terrible human being.

  45. granadafan says: Nov 15, 2013 11:10 AM

    The networks love this kind of “controversy”. This is free publicity for the next time the two teams meet.

  46. bklion says: Nov 15, 2013 11:23 AM

    This is the same creep who beat up his GF after the TDay game two years ago against the Lions. But of course, violence against a woman is much more aceptable than Suh “stomping” on some hockey goon scrub who was inserted into the game to cheap shot him and rile him up. Granted, Suh shoul’ve never taken the bait, but the absurd amount of outrage that received is a joke. But when you play for favored nation status teams like Indy and GB, no one says a word.

  47. whatjusthapped says: Nov 15, 2013 11:58 AM

    Walden was previously arrested for beating his girlfriend so punk-like behavior is his speciality.

  48. dexterismyhero says: Nov 15, 2013 12:10 PM

    @eatitfanboy says: Nov 15, 2013 10:16 AM

    I love all of the people saying he shouldn’t gotten in his face without his helmet on. So you’re saying that if a player violently rips your helmet off and throws it you’re not supposed to respond? And the it’s appropriate for Walden to assault an unhelmeted player that he caused to be unhelmeted?

    Sure, that makes perfect sense.
    ==================================Go get your helmet and put it back on. Pretty easy to do. Not siding with Walden either.

  49. melikefootball says: Nov 15, 2013 12:48 PM

    When we watch the actions of many of these so called professionals on the field, are we really surprised about actions we hear about in the locker room.

  50. sylar1888 says: Nov 15, 2013 1:42 PM

    jchuber says: Nov 15, 2013 10:43 AM

    After watching this game, it was really apparent that the refs wanted the colts to win. Colts got away with several obvious personal fouls, while titans were tagged for farting to often. The BS on the over ruled 1st down play was way to obvious. Just for the record, I’m not a Titans fan, but it’s sickening when the refs take sides.
    When the NFL goes trough the game film, they should fine the refs for missing these critical call. yeah, how about 21K per infraction!!!!!!!
    ———————————————————————————–

    I think you’re forgetting how the refs blew the challenge attempt that would have given the Colts the ball after the fumble (the flag was out before the ball was snapped). And how he Colts had more penalties and penaltie yards than the Titans. If the refs really wanted Indy to win, they would have called more penalties on the Titans in order to help the Colts win. The Titans lost when they lost a lot of momentum after that fumble in the second half.

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