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Robert Woods on ejection: “You got to be a man sometimes”

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After being ejected yesterday for throwing a punch, Bills wide receiver Robert Woods said he understood he did something wrong.

But he didn’t sound particularly contrite.

“Of course you shouldn’t throw a punch in a football game, but if you’re playing outside the rules, sometimes you got to be a man sometimes,” Woods said, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “But I learned my lesson and just can’t do it again.”

Woods took a swing at the helmeted head of Dolphins safety Reshad Jones after they locked up on a running play.

“The play was over. It was just of those things where it was just extra, how he felt it was necessary to push me after the play and throw me over the pile,” Woods said. “They were clapping once I was walking off the field, but we still won at the end of the game.”

Of course, the “be a man” machismo is dumb enough on its face. The really stupid part is that a man who makes his living with his hands would risk their well-being trying to punch a hard thing which is designed to protect a skull from blows.

Woods is young enough and the Bills have lost enough that it doesn’t matter in the big picture. But one of these days, they might need him on the field helping, whether his manhood feels insulted or not.

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20 Responses to “Robert Woods on ejection: “You got to be a man sometimes””
  1. jayrocksd says: Dec 23, 2013 11:41 AM

    For Woods, this was not one of those times!

  2. gallopinggilmore says: Dec 23, 2013 11:44 AM

    “Being A Man” would involve putting away your selfish grievances and not doing something stupid that could hurt the team.

  3. fitzmagic1212 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:46 AM

    who cares? we were in control of the game and it was never in doubt.

    nice to see the young bills actually caring

  4. Ridley Me This says: Dec 23, 2013 11:47 AM

    I’m confused. So Jonathan Martin should have thrown a punch but Robert Woods shouldn’t have?

    I thought if someone is disrespecting you you are supposed to solve it with knuckle-justice?

  5. nfl4days says: Dec 23, 2013 11:49 AM

    Can on Rob. That “be a man” BS is overrated and will so you more harm than good in any situation. I’m sure incognito supporters are about to tell me how wrong I am.

  6. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 23, 2013 11:51 AM

    Robert Woods had a choice to make…

    Keep blowing out the Dolphins… or keep it real.

  7. kingmj4891 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:05 PM

    Posted by Darin Gantt on December 23, 2013, 11:35 AM EST

    “Of course, the “be a man” machismo is dumb enough on its face.”

    __________________
    Woods was wrong and does not know what it means to be a man. But if you want every man in the country to be a whimp, keep telling them to not be a man. Alas the sisification of the country continues.

  8. ghostofgilchrist says: Dec 23, 2013 12:06 PM

    Even dumber…an NFL rule that mandates ejection when a punch is thrown with a “closed fist”. But an open palm push or jab is simply a penalty.

    Woods hit Jones with his forearm…but was ejected because his fist was closed.

  9. tvguy22 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:22 PM

    This is exactly the problem in our society today. “Being a man” would mean walking away. “Being a punk” would mean throwing a punch.

  10. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 23, 2013 12:23 PM

    “sometimes you got to be a man sometimes”

    I would venture to guess Woods sometimes thinks it’s important, sometimes.

  11. narfmoo12 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:26 PM

    kingmj4891 says:Dec 23, 2013 12:05 PM

    Posted by Darin Gantt on December 23, 2013, 11:35 AM EST

    “Of course, the “be a man” machismo is dumb enough on its face.”

    __________________
    Woods was wrong and does not know what it means to be a man. But if you want every man in the country to be a whimp, keep telling them to not be a man. Alas the sisification of the country continues

    ——————————–

    Throwing a punch at a guy wearing a helmet is just stupid.

  12. fergie22 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:38 PM

    why is it that the sight challenged refs never see the instigators but always see the reactors maybe these acts should be reviewed to be fair and punish both

  13. ecarlso8 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:52 PM

    terrible call, Woods hit him with his bicep while he was being held down on the ground, not a punch……just normal extracurriculars.

  14. tigersfandan says: Dec 23, 2013 12:56 PM

    The concept of ‘being a man’ is not dumb. The way Woods went about it is dumb.

  15. jdtimkey says: Dec 23, 2013 1:21 PM

    I don’t necessarily like this but its good to see the Bills playing with some emotion and heart out there for once. This team has been trying to make plays out there an actually care if they lose a game. Before it just seemed like they weren’t hustling or there was a lack of effort. I see good things out of this young team next year. Go Bills

  16. wny49er says: Dec 23, 2013 1:32 PM

    This guys has one heck of a career a head of him. He should know that defensive players are always going to try to bate him to re-act. Hope he learned this lesson.

  17. keenemarin says: Dec 23, 2013 2:35 PM

    I’m a Dolphins fan. I was delighted to see him being ejected. I thought it was ridiculously stupid to ‘be a man’ and get thrown out.

    Its not like the Phins were doing anything in the game anyway.

  18. 4ever9er says: Dec 23, 2013 2:45 PM

    Robert Woods was correct in defending himself and wrong for defending himself at the same time.

    He was correct because he shows that he won’t be intimidated by anyone

    He was wrong because it cost the team a 15 yrd penalty and he was ejected

    Going forward, he more than likely will not get into any altercations and other players will not likely try to intimidate him either.

  19. bloodisred says: Dec 23, 2013 4:11 PM

    Sometimes you have to ‘man-up’ and get the bully off your a$$ — was this necessarily the right time? Probably not, but it pretty much establishes him as a ‘don’t take no ish’ kind of guy. Every WR eventually has to plant his flag (Johnson made his point with Finnegan).

  20. wwwmattcom says: Dec 23, 2013 5:32 PM

    “They were clapping once I was walking off the field, but we still won at the end of the game.”

    Woods probably thought it was a boxing match or a game of any other kind because the game the dolphins were playing wasn’t football.

    19-Zer0

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