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Vernon Davis: T.J. McDonald grabbed my groin, wouldn’t let go

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San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis caught four passes for 82 yards on Sunday, but what everyone wanted to ask him about afterward was the condition of his groin.

Actually, not quite the groin — it was something close to the groin that Rams safety T.J. McDonald appeared to grab while tackling Davis on one of those four catches. Davis confirmed after the game that he was grabbed by the genitals, that he screamed for McDonald to let go, and that McDonald held on.

“I’m still thinking about it. I can feel it,” Davis said. “It was a crossing route, I made the play and as soon as I got my hands on the ball, [McDonald] was grabbing me right there in that space, that area, and I kept telling him, ‘Let go, get off me, get off me,’ and he wouldn’t let me go.”

The video of the play backs Davis up: McDonald grabbed and didn’t let go. The officials didn’t throw a flag, but the league office may have something to say about it. It was a dirty play by McDonald.

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94 Responses to “Vernon Davis: T.J. McDonald grabbed my groin, wouldn’t let go”
  1. braceyourselffor12 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:06 PM

    Vernon …. show me on the teddy bear where he touched you.

  2. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:06 PM

    Ugh, that video looks painful.

  3. tmarlin1221 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:07 PM

    yuck…I hope he washed his hands afterwards. That’s how germs are spread.

  4. 1phd says: Dec 2, 2013 12:07 PM

    Wait. A dirty play by the Rams? NO! How many penalties did they have in game? They were acting like punks all day and they got their rear ends handed to them, which was much deserved.

  5. fanofevilempire says: Dec 2, 2013 12:08 PM

    “I’m still thinking about it. I can feel it,” Davis said

    McDonald could feel it too!

  6. adderal says: Dec 2, 2013 12:08 PM

    Just like RG3 getting kicked this is also in the strike zone. It really did bring him down without a fight.

  7. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 2, 2013 12:09 PM

    “Playa down! Pimp in distress!”

  8. notrelated says: Dec 2, 2013 12:10 PM

    The more I hear about Vernon the more I start to think if he was the actual problem when Singletary was coaching.

  9. wyntyrmute says: Dec 2, 2013 12:10 PM

    hmmm….you’d think playing in San Fran he’d be used to it by now….

  10. cajunaise says: Dec 2, 2013 12:10 PM

    It’s all fun and games until someone loses the eye.

  11. baddegg says: Dec 2, 2013 12:11 PM

    “I think it moved.”

  12. buddysguys says: Dec 2, 2013 12:11 PM

    sounds like Vernon is just being a handful right now…..

  13. justbust says: Dec 2, 2013 12:12 PM

    Hair and facial hair aside, there should be a direct rule with higher typical punishments for holding onto a mans privates!!!!On the field on battle certain weapons should just not be used!

  14. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 2, 2013 12:12 PM

    “I’m still thinking about it. I can feel it,” Davis said. “It was a crossing route, I made the play and as soon as I got my hands on the ball, [McDonald] was grabbing me right there in that space, that area, and I kept telling him, ‘Let go, get off me, get off me,’ and he wouldn’t let me go.”

    This sounds like a Jackie Collins novel.

  15. t8ertot says: Dec 2, 2013 12:12 PM

    Maybe he’ll be the first player to come out.

  16. joetoronto says: Dec 2, 2013 12:13 PM

    braceyourselffor12 says:
    Dec 2, 2013 12:06 PM
    Vernon …. show me on the teddy bear where he touched you.
    **********************************************
    lol, that’s friggin classic. :)

  17. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 2, 2013 12:13 PM

    …with maybe a little Ayn Rand at the end

  18. drgfri says: Dec 2, 2013 12:13 PM

    Was he credited with a sack too?

  19. hgamatt says: Dec 2, 2013 12:13 PM

    And I’m sure in return for letting go, Vernon would have willingly given up on the play and fallen down? It doesn’t look like he set out to grab his crotch, but I can’t blame him for not letting go until the guy he was tackling fell down.

  20. i, flounder says: Dec 2, 2013 12:13 PM

    to be fair it is magnificent, and mouthwatering.

  21. draftazoid says: Dec 2, 2013 12:15 PM

    Wear a cup like you should be doing. It is football. Just like long hair dudes who players grab it and wine.
    If you don’t want to hurt then wear the appropriate equipment.

  22. iced107 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:16 PM

    So wait – a receiver catches the ball, the guy goes low to tackle, grabs anything he can, davis refuses to go down, and it’s the defenders fault he holds on?

    Yea – the defender should have let him go so he can rumble on down the field for 20 yards or a TD…right..

    Here’s a thought: Why don’t you wear a cup (like you’re supposed to) or just go down instead of trying to break the tackle..you’re lucky you weren’t clobbered by someone else while trying to break a tackle.

  23. sactomkiii says: Dec 2, 2013 12:16 PM

    I wouldn’t call it a dirty play, but definitely not one McDonald will be proud of.

  24. profootballfansassociation says: Dec 2, 2013 12:17 PM

    How is McDonald making a tackle in the field of play a dirty play? Is tackling by the hair a dirty play? NO because it’s the burden for the defense to tackle the offensive player within the boundary of the rules. And tackling via genitals is not illegal.

    You’re off your rocker, Michael David Smith to say this was a dirty play. Check your facts.

  25. draftazoid says: Dec 2, 2013 12:18 PM

    Helmet to protect Head
    Thigh pad to protect Thighs.
    Cup to protect Groin.

    If you decide to not wear a piece of equipment then IT’S YOUR OWN FAULT if you can’t have kids now.

  26. dstroi says: Dec 2, 2013 12:18 PM

    Wait a minute now, the referee’s didn’t see this? Come on, this must be a mistake because if Clete Blakeman or Triplette officiated this game then this would have been called no doubt. By the way, did Davis or McDonald say this: “It was a crossing route, I made the play and as soon as I got my hands on the ball”? Hmmmm, seems like they both executed this play right?

  27. mehetmet says: Dec 2, 2013 12:19 PM

    no cup?

  28. 1bbfan says: Dec 2, 2013 12:20 PM

    illeagal hand to helmet !!

  29. bennyb82 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:21 PM

    To be fair, the defender was just playing the ball.

  30. baddegg says: Dec 2, 2013 12:21 PM

    At least it wasn’t a “helmet to helmet shot.”

  31. jayniner says: Dec 2, 2013 12:22 PM

    T.J. has a crush on Vernon…..how cute.

  32. illinininer says: Dec 2, 2013 12:23 PM

    I’m a 49ers fan. I try my hardest to be unbiased. Last week with the Aldon Smith “sack” of Robert Griffin I reasoned that Smith threw his leg up in an attempt to keep his balance while being blocked. I guess the league office agreed. In this case, I don’t think it was a dirty play by any means. It didn’t look intentional to me. Davis caught the ball and McDonald tried to wrap him up and bring him down. If every defender let go everytime a ball carrier said “Get off me!” during a tackle there wouldn’t be much point in playing defense. As I did with Smith, I give him McDonald the benefit of doubt and I’m glad there wasn’t a flag on the play. We all know that game had enough of those!

  33. superyooper says: Dec 2, 2013 12:26 PM

    Everything goes in a game decided by inches.

  34. bigcali4life says: Dec 2, 2013 12:26 PM

    If you listen to the audio, Davis is saying this all light-hearted. Before people explode either way, the guy was jokingly saying what happened.

  35. justbust says: Dec 2, 2013 12:27 PM

    It’s a good debate , I can make an argument for tackling a man by his Johnson in the heat if battle, winning is at steak here. Should I tackle a man by his Johnson? No! And I’d apologize after!

  36. majorseahawk says: Dec 2, 2013 12:31 PM

    That doesn’t look like a dirty play to me. Davis wasn’t even down he was still on his feet. McDonald probably didn’t realize it and hearing Davis yelling to let him go….well a defender isn’t going to do that if you’re not down. And as soon as Davis was out of bounds, he let go. Unfortunate but not intentional by any means

  37. chrismatthewsucks says: Dec 2, 2013 12:32 PM

    C’mon Vernon you live in SF everyone there grabs each other by the groin.

  38. urbusted2 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:33 PM

    Well I think they make a lovely couple!

  39. bigcali4life says: Dec 2, 2013 12:33 PM

    Also, football players usually do not wear cups because they are moving and cutting and having a cup pinch the boys is just as bad as being grabbed.

    Cups are better off in sports wear you worry about being beamed (baseball and hockey) by a forgien object. When I played in youth and high school I never wore a cup.

    Once again, Davis was saying all of this light-hearted. Listen to the audio.

  40. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 2, 2013 12:33 PM

    Old McDonald had a farm. E I E I O.
    And on that farm he grabbed a sack. E I E I OUCH!

  41. hrmlss says: Dec 2, 2013 12:35 PM

    Vernon then leans back takes a puff on his cigarette. “A good day, yep a good day.”

  42. mtavin says: Dec 2, 2013 12:36 PM

    Mystery solved. T.J. = Tugs Junk.

  43. steelersandladyboysfan says: Dec 2, 2013 12:36 PM

    Stories like this make Kerry Rhodes yearn for his playing days

  44. nice2meetumarco says: Dec 2, 2013 12:36 PM

    If Davis would have gone down he wouldn’t be hurting. You can’t expect a defender to not tackle you and let you keep running when you yourself could have just fallen and ended the play. It’s not like mcdonald kept holding on after the play.

  45. mgdsquiggy17 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:37 PM

    “or just go down instead of trying to break the tackle”

    Really??? With advice like that you must be a fan of the Jags or work in the league office on player safety.

  46. 49erfan44 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:41 PM

    Drew Brees would’ve cried.

  47. thesportgenius says: Dec 2, 2013 12:41 PM

    Sorry but grabbing another dudes package and then refusing to let go is messed up. Just one more way he doesn’t measure up to his dad. BTW…same old Rams.

  48. kgbdk says: Dec 2, 2013 12:42 PM

    Jokes aside, T.J. McDonald has disgraced his father, Tim McDonald, a former Pro Bowl Niners safety who helped them win Superbowl XXIX. That was as dirty a play as you will ever see. Guess Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins have taught him well. T.J. had Vernon’s genitals in a vise-like grip until he pulled him all the way down to the ground. T.J. McDonald should be suspended and fined heavily. Way to make your dad proud T.J.

  49. shlort says: Dec 2, 2013 12:43 PM

    Hilarious posts on this one. Thanks for the laughs.

    I read all these comments and I had nothing to beat any of them.. LOL

  50. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Dec 2, 2013 12:51 PM

    So does that mean you guys all think he’s dirtier than Suh now? I have to know because I base my opinions on these matters solely on what the media and PFT commenters think.
    I mean if Suh’s considered dirty with two personal fouls in two years then this guy should probably be suspended for life by PFT logic. Right?
    Im waiting for the same or a greater amount of feigned rage over this than when Suh kicked a scrub offensive lineman in the arm or kicked Schaub by mistake while flying through the air.
    McDonald is the new dirtiest player in the league. Or is it Incognito or is it Meriweather or…

  51. saxguru says: Dec 2, 2013 12:52 PM

    Was he in complete possession of the ball before he “went down”?

  52. joerevs300 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:52 PM

    So that’s how McDonald “gets down”.

  53. golforepar says: Dec 2, 2013 12:53 PM

    Jim Harbaugh said only he can touch his players!

  54. sportnorcal says: Dec 2, 2013 12:54 PM

    That was painful to watch.
    Thanks Fox for showing it 15x from every angle.

    Those of you who grew up playing sports your whole life I know you had nightmares last night, as I did.

  55. tfbuckfutter says: Dec 2, 2013 1:03 PM

    Vernon Davis should be fined for leading with his head.

  56. 1nationraidernation says: Dec 2, 2013 1:05 PM

    thats funny, i did not see the tweezers that TJ was using.

  57. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:10 PM

    Tj McDonald just wanted a Big Mac

  58. suckit619 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:14 PM

    No surprise here. The Rams are the second dirtiest team in the league (Lions), and Jeff Fisher coached teams usually do cross the line when it comes to cheap shots.

  59. tim8450 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:19 PM

    McDonald: “No way ref, I was just going for the… ball. Yeah that’s it.”

  60. szwhtsup123 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:21 PM

    Sure it wasn’t Chris Kluwe making that tackle?

  61. dasmol says: Dec 2, 2013 1:23 PM

    TJ replied that Vernon is soft.

  62. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 2, 2013 1:31 PM

    When someone has you by the junk, don’t try to stretch out the play another few inches.

  63. patriottony says: Dec 2, 2013 1:33 PM

    LMAO…….JUST KEEPING UP WITH THE JONE-SES…….DUDE quit ya crying..get a cup..or wont it fit in one?

  64. drsummeroff says: Dec 2, 2013 1:40 PM

    “Wait. A dirty play by the Rams? NO! How many penalties did they have in game?”

    LOL…yeah with these referees, that’s a real indicator we can count on. Dunbar blew on the back of Kap’s shoulder and got a flag. I think a few $100 dollar bills fell out with it too. Get over it Vernon Davis. You’ll live.

  65. gfan8611 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:48 PM

    I read a story about an Australian rules football or rugby player biting an opponents scrotum a couple years ago. I think Vernon is lucky this is all that happened to him. This play wasn’t even dirty, it was a defender hanging onto whatever he could long enough to get the man down. That’s called tackling. It’s not like Davis was going to come to a stop and let the guy get a different hold on him if they guy did let go.

  66. crik911 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:50 PM

    iced107 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:16 PM

    ————————

    Clearly you’ve never played football. It’s ok to wear a cup in hockey or baseball because ur not falling directly on the boys.

    With all the running and lateral movements the cup would never be in right place and you’d bust a nut the wrong way.

  67. kidsamoa260 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:53 PM

    Even in the movie Gridiron Gang they say ‘always wear a cup’

  68. hammerhunker says: Dec 2, 2013 1:59 PM

    Maybe McDonald didn’t realize he had a hold of anything.

  69. bullpuppy552 says: Dec 2, 2013 2:02 PM

    Is McDonald a sick and twisted creep or what? What kind of man grabs a private area and then doesn’t let go?

  70. decon49 says: Dec 2, 2013 2:12 PM

    We call that the 49er handshake

  71. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 2, 2013 2:35 PM

    Somewhere Jonathan Martin is smiling.

  72. beedubyatoo says: Dec 2, 2013 2:37 PM

    I believe that grabbing another player by his long hair and pulling him down is a personal foul penalty similar to a horse collar penalty.

  73. abxyer says: Dec 2, 2013 2:44 PM

    McDonald: I felt it growing! He liked it!

  74. granadafan says: Dec 2, 2013 2:44 PM

    Look, we were all taught at a young age about sportsmanship. You don’t kick/punch/grab a guy in the nuts. As a man, that area is off limits. Yes, that WAS a dirty play.

  75. kmartinson says: Dec 2, 2013 2:56 PM

    He is a tight end….

  76. kenudo says: Dec 2, 2013 3:24 PM

    How is this not illegal contact to the head?

  77. deuce656 says: Dec 2, 2013 3:35 PM

    baddegg says:
    Dec 2, 2013 12:11 PM
    “I think it moved.”

    236 6

    Love It!!!!!

  78. deuce656 says: Dec 2, 2013 3:38 PM

    Isn’t that unnecessary contact to the helmet of a defenseless receiver????

  79. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 2, 2013 3:39 PM

    McDonald is probably a clone from the Jim Rome Show who took “Grab a Vine” a little too literally.

  80. dmartin17 says: Dec 2, 2013 3:40 PM

    Where is the dirty part of the play?

  81. jss86 says: Dec 2, 2013 3:44 PM

    Gives a new meaning to the penalty, “illegal touching”

  82. faninninerland says: Dec 2, 2013 4:03 PM

    do the niners ever stop whining? oh, i screamed for the man to stop tackling me, but he would not. waaaah. wear a cup. if you choose not to, then things like that can happen. this team cries like a bunch of babies over everything – a reflection of their coach.

  83. yankeejim23 says: Dec 2, 2013 4:04 PM

    I thought as long as there wasn’t Head to Head contact then its not illegal?

  84. strongmackn says: Dec 2, 2013 5:00 PM

    Maybe mcdonald thought he was grabbing onto a drawstring

  85. markmanxp says: Dec 2, 2013 5:03 PM

    This story reminds me of an old classic song…

    What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs
    and makes a slinkity sound?
    A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing!
    Everyone knows it’s Slinky.
    It’s Slinky, it’s Slinky,
    It’s fun, it’s a wonderful toy.
    It’s Slinky, it’s Slinky, it’s fun,
    It’s a wonderful toy.
    It’s fun for a girl or a boy.

  86. IamtheBucsFan says: Dec 2, 2013 5:14 PM

    Change the rules! Grabbing and holding on to a guy’s onions should be a 20 yard penalty, the first 20 yard penalty. Some things should not be allowed and penalized big time. OUCH!

  87. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:16 PM

    TJ McDonald was seen smoking a cigarette after the play…..

  88. seatownballers says: Dec 2, 2013 5:16 PM

    Hardest team in football

  89. northstarnic says: Dec 2, 2013 5:34 PM

    Sackhawks.
    Perhaps he thought he felt a syringe of game day fuel, as it’s known in the world of the Cheathawks. Or, no offense to Davis, but maybe he thought it was a pill bottle containing adderall. Or maybe he just REALLY wants to get to know VD better.

  90. northstarnic says: Dec 2, 2013 5:35 PM

    I take it all back!

  91. northstarnic says: Dec 2, 2013 5:36 PM

    D’oh!

  92. cruiseon says: Dec 2, 2013 6:06 PM

    I think Vernon is stretching things a little… They can’t be all the way down there.

  93. kadeeu says: Dec 2, 2013 7:17 PM

    I hope to god that some program has the balls to show the NFL films footage and sound on that play.

  94. mrcogburn says: Dec 2, 2013 11:39 PM

    “I thought I had him by the leg, honest. It was a very short leg, I admit.”

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