Haloti Ngata says kicking opponent was “heat of the moment”

AP

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata wasn’t flagged for kicking an opponent, but he could still be facing a fine for a clearly aggressive move.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Ngata said he was just frustrated that Washington guard Shawn Lauvao had hit cornerback Dominique Franks late on a running play.

“When I saw Lauvao do that, I kind of was just pissed that he was doing that and just nudged him,” Ngata said. “Kind of a heat-of-the-moment thing. That was the only thing. I was just trying to protect my player.”

“No disrespect to Shawn because we know each other. It was the heat of the moment, and just was mad that he tried a late hit.”

He’ll be even more upset when he has to make a donation to the league’s charitable causes.