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Cody Wallace: I was reaching for the ball when I grabbed Starks

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It looked like one of the dirtiest things you’ll ever see on a football field. But Steelers center Cody Wallace says it was an innocent mistake.

Wallace reached out and touched Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks in a place Starks clearly did not want to be touched during Sunday’s game, and the video isn’t pretty. Wallace, however, says there’s a simple explanation for what he did.

“I was trying to get under the pile and get a hand on the football,” Wallace said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Unfortunately, I didn’t get low enough As soon as I realized what was happening, I definitely stopped. It’s unfortunate it looks that way and came out that way. . . . I thought I was going to be able to get under there and I wasn’t able to and I wasn’t able to get a hand on the football.”

We’ll find out today if the NFL fines Wallace, or if the league office buys Wallace’s explanation.

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49 Responses to “Cody Wallace: I was reaching for the ball when I grabbed Starks”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 13, 2013 12:08 PM

    He was “reaching” when he “grabbed”.

    That doesn’t make a lot of sense. Those are 2 different types of actions.

  2. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 13, 2013 12:08 PM

    Finally, someone who owns it – accepts responsibility for his action.

    Wallace clearly was reaching for the ball — Randy Starks’ left testicle to be specific.

    Nice to see these guys finally coming correct on their transgressions.

  3. thepftpoet says: Dec 13, 2013 12:08 PM

    The real question is what ball were you reaching for?

  4. granadafan says: Dec 13, 2013 12:11 PM

    And Suh also just lost his balance too.

  5. humbleminded85 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:13 PM

    The only way he was reaching for A ball is if Lance Armstrong was Starks in disguise.

  6. ccsteele305 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:14 PM

    he was reaching for the ball and found 2

  7. 1964bclions says: Dec 13, 2013 12:17 PM

    Some guys will do anything for a game ball.

  8. ravensterps says: Dec 13, 2013 12:18 PM

    A whole team of liars.

  9. wolfies30 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:20 PM

    Million to one shot, doc. Million to one.

  10. noburghfan says: Dec 13, 2013 12:23 PM

    Smart reply , it worked for Tomlin !

  11. stormseeker44 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:24 PM

    This could turn into one of the more expensive reach-arounds that I’ve heard of…

  12. jerryd1 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:24 PM

    Awwww Nuts!! … is what he’s trying to say.

  13. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 13, 2013 12:27 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Dec 13, 2013 12:08 PM

    The real question is what ball were you reaching for?
    **********
    Well, there were three to choose from.

  14. akfinfan says: Dec 13, 2013 12:29 PM

    Football game or not, Wallace violated man-law…there are no excuses for this…..

  15. nflnfl13 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:30 PM

    Vince Lombardi ” Grab, grab, grab” “What the heck is going on out here”?

  16. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 12:32 PM

    Men! Women just pull hair.

  17. hehateme2 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:36 PM

    Well… unless Starks swallowed the ball there is no excuse for fisting him in the rear. Weak loser.

  18. Kaz says: Dec 13, 2013 12:36 PM

    Too easy to comment on the title of this post.

  19. deweyaxewound says: Dec 13, 2013 12:36 PM

    15 yard penalty for “unneccesary gentleness”

  20. dirtdawg54 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:41 PM

    I accept he was going for the ball. I’m just not sure it was necessary to go through his rectum and lower intestines to do so.

  21. faninvirginia says: Dec 13, 2013 12:48 PM

    One of the “stupidest” excuses I have ever heard. First of all the whistle would be blown for at least 10 seconds, and he was trying to get “under” the pile. Bullcrap, that lineman is at least 320-340, and you are going to get under him by reaching under his nuts? Play’s over. This is simply called a cheap shot

  22. ebr362 says: Dec 13, 2013 12:52 PM

    I wonder if he asked Starks for a copay after that exam?

  23. billytodd2013blbaad says: Dec 13, 2013 12:53 PM

    his commenst make this just to easy ..LOL. “Grabbing for the Ball” yep and that what it appears you got LOL

  24. hendeeze says: Dec 13, 2013 1:05 PM

    And Golden Taint, didn’t push off the GB defender.

  25. tarniman says: Dec 13, 2013 1:09 PM

    You would have to be an idiot to buy that explanation. Only ny jets qbs keep footballs around their rear end area. This guy clearly had a different agenda. You dont get to a football by try to go through another man rear end

  26. chawk12thman says: Dec 13, 2013 1:10 PM

    I wonder how often this happens that isn’t caught on video? Clearly not what he says he was doing as everyone is starting to clear the pile and he is starting to get up. He was hoping to provoke a penalty by the other side. This deserves a fine.

  27. Getoffmylawn! says: Dec 13, 2013 1:12 PM

    Top to bottom this team is made up of low class cheats. Starts with their horrible coach down to the ball sack grabbing Center. Stupid liars too.
    We believe none of you from coach to QB to Center.

  28. fedupincleveland says: Dec 13, 2013 1:13 PM

    If the coach plays dirty and blatantly CHEATS, so will his players.

  29. scmems07 says: Dec 13, 2013 1:18 PM

    I wonder how Jonathan Martin would have reacted if that happened to him.

  30. dietrich43 says: Dec 13, 2013 1:27 PM

    Where’s your hand?

    Between two pillows.

  31. ttoptom says: Dec 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    Tomlin totally backs him up… he saw it all on the jumbotron.

  32. jonevans83 says: Dec 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    These are not the balls you are looking for.

  33. vegaskid21 says: Dec 13, 2013 1:33 PM

    Those aren’t pillows!!!!!

  34. cubancigar10 says: Dec 13, 2013 1:36 PM

    Hey Cody, how did you enjoy the game?

    Oh, I had a ball!!

  35. bonniebengal says: Dec 13, 2013 1:40 PM

    Where did he think the ball was, exactly?

  36. tictoccpthook says: Dec 13, 2013 2:05 PM

    Seems like good material for the late night show monologs.

  37. mostlombardisintheleague says: Dec 13, 2013 2:11 PM

    Watching the replay, Wallace’s head was down facing the ground as he was squrming along the ground and began fishing for the football so he initially didn’t clearly see where his hand was going to land, as he blindly raised it up and started grabbing.

  38. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 13, 2013 2:38 PM

    @Deb – “Women just pull hair.”.

    Well, if you look at the physiology of the situation, they don’t have a lot of other options.

  39. drsummeroff says: Dec 13, 2013 2:41 PM

    Does Mr. Fister not think we have eyes? The guy was drilling away at Stark’s arse like he was looking for diamonds in there. I just hope he washed his hands before eating his post game meal.

  40. genoinabottlenyj says: Dec 13, 2013 2:47 PM

    He never specified what ball he was going for…

  41. aweroner says: Dec 13, 2013 3:08 PM

    From the replay its pretty clear to assume that Cody Wallace is an ass man? #TnA

  42. charger383 says: Dec 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    The coach lies, the center lies, the QB lies, ect ect

  43. beachsidejames says: Dec 13, 2013 3:24 PM

    1st Sanchez plants his face in a players butt ..Now this Pittsburg guy puts his hand up there. Then you have Joanathon Martin. Makes you wonder what to get everyone for xmas.

  44. bedubya says: Dec 13, 2013 3:49 PM

    This wasn’t the biggest infraction by Wallace on Sunday. His cheap shot to Misi warrants a suspension. Launched with his helmet and hit Misi in the back after the play was over.

  45. djscottyb says: Dec 13, 2013 4:20 PM

    Wallace was just in the holiday spirit with “Nutcracker Suite”

    Goodell needs to seriously rewatch this game.
    That Big Ben lateral was NOT legal.
    Man in motion before the last play snap.
    And back Wallace, between the blow to Misi and his rendition of “Jingle Balls” on Starks scrotum, something should have been penalized or at least follow up with a fine or admitting to bad referee calls.

    Refs should be fined, suspended or penalized more often for bad calls .

  46. peopletrains says: Dec 13, 2013 4:45 PM

    He was going for the ball. He was just trying to go through Randy Starks’ ass to get there.

  47. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 13, 2013 4:58 PM

    Why is it impossible for anybody on the Steelers to take responsibility for their actions?

  48. chaddukesthebuttpirate says: Dec 13, 2013 5:22 PM

    “I was reaching for the ball when I grabbed Starks”

    shouldn’t it have said ” Balls ” ?

  49. cornersss says: Dec 13, 2013 6:26 PM

    For those that dont know the late hit cody wallace speared Koa Misi in the back when he was on his knees and the play was dead.Misi was taken off the field after injured

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