Luke Kuechly admits he broke a rule (four years ago)

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Luke Kuechly admits it. He cheated. Sort of. Four years ago.

The Panthers linebacker and squeaky clean former NFL defensive player of the year grinned this week, and admitted he may have possibly gotten away with a pass interference call against Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in 2013.

“A couple years later I can admit that I might have gotten away with one there,” Kuechly said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “It’s too late now. A couple years removed, hopefully there’s no hard feelings in Boston.”

There certainly were at the time.

Officials actually threw the flag in the end zone, but picked it up after the final play of that game, allowing the Panthers to hang onto a 24-20 win. That no-call left Tom Brady fuming at referee Clete Blakeman (who had deemed the pass uncatchable).

“I wasn’t very positive. I don’t think I said very nice things to him, so I’d like to apologize to him,” Brady said this week. “But yeah, that was a little unfortunate. I wish we had gotten that call. That would’ve been a good call. That would have been a fun next play, I’ll tell you that. With one play left in the game, but oh well.”

Calling Kuechly’s play a bear hug might be a generous assessment, but it worked out for him that night. We’ll see on Sunday if Brady and Gronkowski actually hold a grudge.

20 responses to “Luke Kuechly admits he broke a rule (four years ago)

  1. It’s amazing how DPI is never called against Gronk. Whenever I watch him, the defender is always draped all over him, like Eric Berry in week 1. What’s more amazing is how he still produces. The Randy Moss of tight ends, a freak.

  2. All light hearted and nice and all. Bad calls happen. But, the Pats had to play the AFCC gm in Denver instead of New England because of that loss. Things might have been different.

  3. stand in line Luke. Everyone holds Gronk because he’s a freak of nature. Yet I read how he pushes off all the time. You would too if being held was the only thing standing between you and more production for your team.

  4. That’s not even “sort of” cheating, not by any stretch. It’s not like he even tried to definitively manipulate the system, or refs, or anything like that. I don’t think he was even trying to get away with PI, etc. He actually made a (rare) bad play, and it wasn’t called. What’s he supposed to do, harass the refs alongside Brady, begging for the flag?

    (from a diehard Pats fan)

  5. no difference. I saw plenty of flubbed and missed calls in last nights CHI v GB.

    Tony Romo – Bless HIm. He keeps his commentary REAL. I have a new found respect for Tony after listening to his color analysis last night.

  6. All light hearted and nice and all. Bad calls happen. But, the Pats had to play the AFCC gm in Denver instead of New England because of that loss. Things might have been different.

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    You are very rude and condescending when fans of other teams play the if game Teddy…..hypocrite.

  7. There is always a human element involved with penalties. That seemed like some home cooking at Carolina. It was one game and a long time ago. I think the official should have apologized to Brady and not vice versa. The guy picked up the flag for no reason and never had the guts to suggest that maybe he blew the call. Brady’s reaction was understandable. Kuechly also has nothing to apologize for, but it’s nice that he’s honest about it.

  8. The season is short….EVERY GAME is important & when the refs BLOW a call that late in the game that has the POTENTIAL to alter the outcome & in turn have a direct effect on playoff seeding & where games are played then yes , it’s very upsetting & makes one wonder if the NFL office is trying to influence the outcome of games….
    That said, it’s in the past…..can’t be changed so it is what it is…..
    Glad to see Luke be a stand up guy though….always liked what he brings to the game!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  9. A diehard Pats fan’ talking about Brady begging for flags. Ya’ and I’m a diehard Trump fan. Good thing Brady corrected the refs twice in the New Orkeans gm so they got the calls right.

  10. .
    File that under ” let’s allow the referees to decide the outcome”. It was a totally brutal call and it was a timid referee who made it.
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  11. Seems like DG hates the Panthers. Pass Interference is not cheating, it’s a penalty that happens every game. Pumping fake crowd noise in is cheating.
    Sometimes I wish DG would get a promotion out of Charlotte.

  12. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

    You are very rude and condescending when fans of other teams play the if game Teddy…..hypocrite.
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    Rude, condescending, hypocritical what’s the matter, does it bother you when someone usurps your infantile shtick?
    As for the play it’s only a penalty if it gets enforced and in this instance it didn’t, that too is part of football.

  13. Have to live the revisionist history here. The ball could not have been caught ever. It wqs way too far away from jim regardless of contact. Just stop cheaying already. And of course the Vheating friendly ESPN Sports Science showed that he could have caught it despite Gronks momentum going away from the ball. Right. Stop.

  14. billjones383 says:
    September 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm
    Seems like DG hates the Panthers. Pass Interference is not cheating, it’s a penalty that happens every game. Pumping fake crowd noise in is cheating.
    Sometimes I wish DG would get a promotion out of Charlotte.
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    Or a demotion off PFT, that garbage shot at the ethnic make up of Green Bay the other day was off the charts bad taste.

  15. Have to love the revisionist history here. The ball could not have been caught ever. It was way too far away from him regardless of contact. Just stop cheating already. And of course the Cheating friendly ESPN Sports Science showed that he could have caught it despite Gronks momentum going away from the ball. Right. Stop.

  16. On the contrary, I believe Gandt cut his journalistic teeth in Carolina. He even bought in when the Carolina GM decided the Pats taped their practices too. Because they lost the S BOWL. Despite the steroids.

  17. Eh, there’s no hard feelings to be had against anyone involved in that play. You can make the argument one way or the other, but at the end of the day, if you’re blaming a single missed/bad call for losing a game, it probably means your team should have played better in the 60 minutes of game clock that preceded it.

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