NFL says Robby Anderson spike in front of Johnson Bademosi should have been flagged

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Jets receiver Robby Anderson spiked the football on the Patriots’ sideline on Sunday, a highlight that went viral because the ball bounced into the facemask of Patriots defensive back Johnson Bademosi, who responded with a hilarious flop.

Anderson wasn’t flagged for that spike, but he should have been. NFL head of officiating Al Riveron said in the video he distributed to the media this week that Anderson’s spike was a textbook case of taunting.

“He spikes it inside the opponent’s bench. That is a foul. That is a foul for a taunt, an unsportsmanlike conduct, and that is one of two fouls that will get you ejected from a game,” he said. “You may not spike a ball in front of your opponent’s bench, in front of an opponent, in front of your opponent’s sideline.”

Two officials were looking directly at Anderson when he did it, and neither threw a flag. So Riveron’s video should be required viewing for them.

The NFL didn’t fine Anderson for the taunt, nor did it fine Bodemosi — although flopping can draw fines in the NBA, it’s legal in the NFL.

39 responses to “NFL says Robby Anderson spike in front of Johnson Bademosi should have been flagged

  1. He wasn’t taunting. He probably didn’t even realize he was on the Pats sideline. He was just frustrated with Bryce Petty’s horrible passes. Much like every Jets fan.

  2. What were all you people saying about flags in New England? Aren’t they all supposed to go New England’s way? Where are you now?

  3. It was stupid, but even as a Pats fan I think they got it right. He was frustrated with Petty more than anything else and I think the refs used judgement correctly here, there was no intent or harm meant, just a bad bounce. Bademosi’s response was hilarious. Though it was like 5 degrees so I’m sure it didn’t all that great.

    Sometimes less flags is ok.

  4. Meh, it’s easy to understand the rule against it since there are a lot of immature & undisciplined sidelines out there that would have taken that spike as an assault on their manhood but a flag would have sucked a lot of the humor out of it.

  5. I was watching that game and was really surprised that there was no flag for taunting/unsportsmanlike. Johnson was well into the Patriots’ sideline. I didn’t think Johnson was directing the spike at Bademosi in particular; I think he was reckless as to exactly where it went. It could have been somebody without a helmet on who took that in the face, so I fully expected a fine. I can’t say I’m shocked at the officials screwing up, but why there’s no fine considering the potential for significant injury, I’m baffled.

    Bademosi’s flop was hilarious, but nobody wants to see American football become like international football with the rag doll flops and “I’m shot!” acting jobs all over the field. So a low-level fine for Bademosi would have been a good idea.

    There were almost no penalties in that game. By the time they got to the Johnson spike, maybe the officials forgot they had flags in their pockets.

  6. switchwitch59 says:
    January 6, 2018 at 7:15 am
    What were all you people saying about flags in New England? Aren’t they all supposed to go New England’s way? Where are you now?


    Still saying they have an awful lot of game turning calls that shouldn’t be. This was a meaningless play in a meaningless game against a meaningless opponent – not like Pittsburgh. No one said it was every play or every game.

  7. Patriot fans already knew this should have been a foul because one time there was an opponent about 10 feet away but was in the general direction of the Gronk Spike and he got flagged for it.

    Regardless of the flop, it’s a foul to spoke the ball at an opponent.

  8. “NFL head of officiating Al Riveron said in the video he distributed to the media this week that Anderson’s spike was a textbook case of taunting.”

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    Al Riveron is a textbook case of incompetence!

  9. A meaningless game??? So if the patriots had lost, they would still be the #1 seed? You can try to convince yourself it was meaningless, but it definitely wasn’t. Was it high profile, like the patriots/Steelers game? No, but it was hardly “meaningless” to the patriots. Flag or not, it was hilarious. Of course, he was the same dude whining and crying about Gilmore being too rough with him later in the game…

  10. Oh who cares? The Pats dont need the help. And the flop that ensued made the game ten times more entertaining. We the fans came out ahead on the deal.

  11. firerogergoodellnow says:
    January 6, 2018 at 10:00 am
    Gronk spikes the ball all the time. Why does he never get flagged?

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    The answer to that is the difference between doing it right there in the end zone after a score and going over behind the opponents bench to do it in the crowd of players on the sideline.

  12. reddzen says:
    January 6, 2018 at 8:59 am
    switchwitch59 says:
    January 6, 2018 at 7:15 am
    What were all you people saying about flags in New England? Aren’t they all supposed to go New England’s way? Where are you now?


    Still saying they have an awful lot of game turning calls that shouldn’t be. This was a meaningless play in a meaningless game against a meaningless opponent – not like Pittsburgh. No one said it was every play or every game.

    They made the right call in Pittsburgh. How many rotations does the ball have to make befoer you admit it was not in control?

  13. Since Vince McMahon is trying to get back into the football business, is this the NFl trying to get into the wrestling business?

  14. I still don’t know why people were demanding these union officials needed to be back on the field. How good would it be if they went out on strike again??!!!

  15. The Jets should just stay on their own sideline where they can try to injure opposing players in peace.

  16. cosmicconvoy says:
    January 6, 2018 at 10:41 am
    Robby spiked it in anger because no flag was thrown for the late shove out of bounds

    Still a penalty in fact if what you say is true then he deserves a suspension for intentionally doing it. I for one don’t believe he did but just going by your version doesn’t make it better.

  17. eaglesmancave says:

    I think the flop just canceled out the taunting. Should have won a Razzy.
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    There’s always hope for an ESPY.

  18. BTW Robby Anderson is a promising young receiver. Saw him twice vs the Pats this season. He does bring energy as ajg314 said.

  19. The Pats should have brought Bademosi into the tent to check for facial fractures (just to make it even more funny).

    What’s up with Riveron? I thought he was on the Pats payroll.

  20. I think the refs were laughing too hard at the flop to even bother throwing a flag. However, the Pats certainly didn’t need the flag in that game anyway.

  21. Riveron would have you think Robby Anderson was a physics major. Robby clearly knew the exact angle and force it took to spike that ball to bounce up in that guys face. Riveron is a joke.

  22. Riveron would have you think Robby Anderson was a physics major. Robby clearly knew the exact angle and force it took to spike that ball to bounce up in that guys face. Riveron is a joke.
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    It doesn’t matter that it actually hit Bademosi in the face (That just made it funny) – it’s a flag either way. You can’t spike the ball in front of an opponent. The refs missed an easy one.

  23. You people kill me. Think about what you are saying for once. After all the constant whining about penalty flags, (ie. is it a catch or incomplete pass, pass interference, missed calls, non calls…) are you really advocating the refs only throw penalty flags when the other team “NEEDS” them? All y’all need therapy.

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