Tahir Whitehead’s wife, coach say he didn’t purposely step on Charles Leno

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Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead stepped on the leg of Bears offensive lineman Charles Leno on Sunday, and there have been some suggestions in Chicago that it was intentional — suggestions that are being denied both by Whitehead’s wife and his coach.

After Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune posted a video of the incident and questioned whether it was intentional, Whitehead’s wife tweeted at Biggs.

“I’m appalled. My husband would NEVER intentionally attempt to hurt another player. I won’t stand by and allow you or any other media personnel to question his integrity or defame him in any way,” Shannon Whitehead‏ wrote.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell also said he couldn’t see Whitehead doing something like that purposely.

“I was unaware of it until I guess it came up this morning, and I highly doubt that’s the case, that it was intentional,” Caldwell said today. “But I just saw it briefly.”

Former Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was suspended two games in 2011 for stomping on the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith, and was also given a suspension in 2014 for stepping on the leg of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, although that suspension was overturned on appeal. Former Lions center Dominic Raiola was also suspended for stepping on Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson in 2014.

17 responses to “Tahir Whitehead’s wife, coach say he didn’t purposely step on Charles Leno

  1. Looks like as Whitehead is stepping, Leno’s knee comes up causing whitehead to step awkwardly. Not intentional.

  2. He clearly measured it up and stepped on him. Hilarious he has his wife defend him. Not saying it should be a suspension but you have to fine him for it. Total bs.

  3. Because he didn’t react to the fact that he was stepping on somebody and just followed through with his movement as if he were stepping on the ground it’s obviously 100% intentional. Lying about it makes it look even worse.

  4. Literally everything looks more intentional in slow motion. The slow motion gives the appearance that there is much more time than there really was. Time to think and or react differently. Just like with most big hits or injuries, if you watch them at normal speed it will always appear to be less nefarious.

  5. “He should have just knelt on him, then it would’ve been OK.”

    Good grief, get over your anthem obsession. Find something else to give your life meaning other than promoting forced patriotism.

  6. It’s impossible to judge intent, but he easily could have just walked around the pile. Why step over two guys to get to where he was going? Doesn’t it feel different to be standing on someone’s ankle than to stand on flat ground? Didn’t seem like he reacted at all to it.

  7. I found the video. I looked at it 5 times. It was intentional.
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    Great detective work seeing how the video is actually part of the article we are commenting on. I hope it wasn’t too hard for you to find.

  8. cardinealsfan20 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm
    “He should have just knelt on him, then it would’ve been OK.”

    Good grief, get over your anthem obsession. Find something else to give your life meaning other than promoting forced patriotism.
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    Standing for the Anthem is to show respect and appreciation. If you feel you are being forced to do so then it’s clearly a lack of respect and appreciation. Coincidentally, this country also offers the freedom to go live somewhere else that does incite respect and appreciation.

  9. “Standing for the anthem is to show respect and appreciation. If you feel you are being forced to do so then it’s clearly a lack of respect and appreciation.”

    Why should you care whether I, or anyone else, has respect and appreciation? What possible business is it of yours? Whether I stand, sit, kneel, or lay down has absolutely no effect on your life. None.

  10. *sigh*

    I thought this crap left with Schwartz. Looked intentional to me. I realize I’m biased, but that’s what I see. Thought Caldwell’a boys were better than that. Guess not.

  11. No sure what Suh or Raiola had to do with this story besides they were on the Lions team at one time or another. Might as well go back to the beginning of time and cite every personal foul ever called on the Lions too if you’re trying to establish that Detroit is known for intentionally trying to hurt opponents.

  12. wiscypro says: “Standing for the Anthem is to show respect and appreciation. If you feel you are being forced to do so then it’s clearly a lack of respect and appreciation. Coincidentally, this country also offers the freedom to go live somewhere else that does incite respect and appreciation.”
    Coincidentally, this country also offers the freedom to express your dissatisfaction, of pretty much anything you want, by kneeling for the anthem, or even burning the flag if you want to. You can’t claim to stand for the freedoms this country offers and then deny those same freedoms to people who exercise them. THAT is un-American and disrespectful of the flag.

  13. Find something else to give your life meaning other than promoting forced patriotism.
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    Maybe I should look for the meaning of life, but irritating you is much more fun!

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