Chase Coffman: I would never intentionally hurt someone

AP

Titans tight end Chase Coffman, who was fined $30,000 for hitting Ravens assistant coach Tony Coaxum on the sideline last week, says it was an accident.

Coffman said after Monday night’s game against the Steelers that he reached out to Coaxum and that Coaxum accepted his explanation that there was no ill-intent on their sideline collision.

“We’ve talked about it and we’re both past it,” Coffman said, via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com. “I would never go after someone intentionally to try to hurt them.”

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt defended Coffman and believes Coffman’s explanation.

“In fact he tried to find the coach after the game to apologize and reached out to them,” Whisenhunt said. “I guess they chose to go ahead, and that’s unfortunate. But nobody’s approached him about his side of it. If you look at it, if you see the whole play, he was trying to stop and inadvertently ran into him.”

Video of the incident sure looks bad, and the NFL obviously thinks Coffman did something wrong. But Coffman has a reputation as a good man, and it’s hard to understand why he would just suddenly decide to level Coaxum for no reason. People in football like to say that the tape doesn’t lie, but this could have been a case of the tape being deceiving.

29 responses to “Chase Coffman: I would never intentionally hurt someone

  1. “If you look at it, if you see the whole play, he was trying to stop and inadvertently ran into him.”

    i guess the titans cant even watch film.

  2. Funny the video showed otherwise.. Well it’s the NFL so I guess if you deny it it makes it true.. LOL NOT.

  3. He should have been suspended one year for the act, suspended another year for his lying explanation, and jailed for assault. And the NFL should be ashamed for imposing just a $30,000 fine, as if they learned nothing from the Ray Rice case. His blow was at least as vicious as Rice’s.

  4. “If you look at it, if you see the whole play, he was trying to stop and inadvertently ran into him.”

    I did look at it, and Coffman tried stopping, then TURNED AROUND and kept moving past the sideline, drilling Coaxum with his forearm. Whisenhunt is playing the “Who do you believe, me or your own lying eyes” game here.

  5. You do kind of get tunnel vision when playing a fast, violent sport like hockey or football. There’s the dude with the ball or puck, which you are highly focused on, and there are obstacles that you must go around or through to get to the target. It’s a male/hunter-gatherer thing, this “prey tunnel vision” and still ingrained into our being at a biological level.

    After seeing the video and knowing the mentality of a player at the time, I could justify Coffman saying “I found myself out of bounds during play and was trying to get back into the play quickly and back on the field. It all happened so fast, that I just kind of ran into the guy in my haste.”

    As bad as it looked, I can’t say for certain that he was TRYING to hurt the guy.

  6. Not intentional? Please? The dude changed direction after crossing the sideline and headed right for Coaxum. If he didn’t mean to do it why didn’t he help the guy up instead of dragging his cleat across his face and running back on the field like a coward.

  7. “People in football like to say that the tape doesn’t lie, but this could have been a case of the tape being deceiving.”

    So what we saw didn’t happen? He just got caught and now he didn’t mean it.

  8. it’s ridiculous for him to even try to explain this away. The film shows clearly he was already on the sidelines and knew it and he headed directly for that coach and laid him out. And yes he did drag his foot potentially over that guy.

    This guy should be suspended for that, and instead of defending him, his own coaches should be standing up for their brothers in condemning him for it. There is no excusing that behavior, the man was wearing full pads hitting a defenseless coach wearing no pads and no reason to think he was about to get hit.

  9. His side of it!?!?!
    Looks obvious to me what he did was intentional, or at the very least an extremely poor effort to avoid contact.
    Take your medicine Chase, the video is convincing!

  10. Haven’t seen the video, but if this was intentional perhaps those promoting that point can suggest a reason why: the police procedural tv shows call it “motive”.

  11. this scum is a liar and should be suspended for a full year , he tried to clothes line the guy. nfl you have some big troubles a head of you !!!!

  12. None of us can say that he really intended to do that or that he’s a bad guy. But even in slo-mo, it’s really hard to watch that and see it as a complete accident. He wasn’t even moving that fast, wasn’t losing his footing, had already dodged a couple other people and had righted himself, and didn’t seem to remotely need to even reach out for support, let alone smash the guy like a blocker. Call it temporary insanity if they will, but even if it was a mistake, it’s one worth penalizing.

  13. Rex Ryan gets a 100K fine for using profanity at an official, this guy gets a 30K fine for leveling a coach on the sideline. Really Roger? Something wrong with this picture?

  14. When was the last time you saw a player that far out of bounds take a route like that back to the field?

    C’mon man! Coffman saw him and realized immediately it was his chance to punish him; and he did.

    Flagrant and anything less than a suspension and a huge fine is ridiculous. C’mon, the NFL fined Tomlin $100,000 for being on the field. Coffman should be fined at least as much for what he did.

  15. “but this could have been a case of the tape being deceiving.” Maybe it still is? Why the past tense?

  16. “Rex Ryan gets a 100K fine for using profanity at an official, this guy gets a 30K fine for leveling a coach on the sideline. Really Roger? Something wrong with this picture?”

    You beat me to the punch, pun intended. I can’t name a motive, but you can’t deny what you see there.

  17. This dude doesn’t look smart enough to know what team he plays for. I doubt it was intentional.

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