Ezekiel Elliott calls Lions’ A’Shawn Robinson a dirty player

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Lions defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson was penalized on Monday night for picking Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott up and taking him down. After the game, the Lions and Cowboys had very different views of that penalty.

Detroit coach Jim Caldwell hinted that he didn’t think the officials should have called a penalty, saying, “I yell at them and tell them what I felt on the field and when it’s over, it’s over. The call they made, they made. They’re not going to go back and change it.”

But Elliott himself said he thinks Robinson is a dirty player. Elliott’s Ohio State team beat Robinson’s Alabama team in the Sugar Bowl two years ago, and Elliott thinks Robinson holds a grudge.

He was being dirty all game,” Elliott said of Robinson. “I think he was a little salty from that Sugar Bowl win we got against him in New Orleans two years ago. It’s whatever. Let him do what he wants to do.”

Robinson wasn’t particularly impressed with Elliott or the Cowboys.

“They’re alright,” Robinson said. “They did some alright stuff that worked. Nothing special. They ain’t nothing special.”

With some bad blood between the teams, the Lions will hope they can earn a playoff berth next week, and perhaps earn another trip to Dallas next month.

76 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott calls Lions’ A’Shawn Robinson a dirty player

  1. The hit in question was NOT dirty. Zeke needs to chill.

    Another questionable call being made by officials who seem to forget their glasses every week.

  2. Am I the only one that understands the offsetting holding call, Dez Bryants faccemask non call, the tackle of Elliot called a penalty were complete game changing moments, stacked one on top of the other. Took the fight right out of the Lions the moment the knew they couldnt beat the refs no matter what.It almost as if ther is an agenda here. For one its the Lions. The refs are known to have it out for them for some reason one ref ,jeff triplette, even had to sit out a the next week because of poor officiating mostly bad calls against the Lions. The only calls against the Cowboy were the most obvious pre snap penalties which show how immature they are as a team. They are in fact one of the youngest teams out there. Other than that, Dak is a beast for a rook. Elliot is a beast straight up. Dez is Dez. He will double the TD catch record for most in Cowboys history. Cowboys played very good in between all the free things they were given. They played extremely well. Them and the Packer got it going on in the NFC

  3. Everyone loves to point out the Dez face mask. How about a defensive lineman taking out Tyrone Smith’s knee. Made no attempt to shed the blick. His sole intent was to hurt Smith.

  4. If you pick up the baby and hold it and set the baby down, y’all know what the baby is going to do. The baby is going to cry.

    Cmon that game was even heads up till the refs put the lions down. The call on robinson was ridiculous. That was a tackle and nothin happened after the play like that ref said.

    Refs changed what was a good game. The punter hit that dude helmet to helmet square on. The same line judge missed the face mask on Dez. Stafford got thrown to the dirt after the pass. There was hands to the face by Dallas OL. The cameras all saw these bad calls and so did everyone else.

    I dont know what that team in Detroit ever did to get bad calls week after week but i can guess it has something to do with being in the same division as Green Bay. Come on NFL, let the teams play.

  5. And Suh was never a dirty player according to Lions fans when he was in Detroit.

    Lions fans have this deep-seated belief that the NFL is leading a vast conspiracy theory to hold them back with imaginary penalties. As if a team with only one career playoff win in the Super Bowl era is worth the time. You’ve been a joke for fifty years all on your own — you don’t need the NFL’s help for that.

  6. If anyone can explain to me how a 300lb man who already has a running backs feet off the ground is supposed to pull up when the whistle is blown I would greatly appreciate it. That was another in a long line of horrible penalties and bad calls the lions have received in the last 4 weeks.

  7. jmscooby says:
    Dec 26, 2016 10:44 PM
    If you watched at the end of the 1st half, you will see Robinson was walking with Elliot down the field jawing at him. I’m guessing Elliot must have said something about the 230 yards he ran against ‘Bama in the ’14 NC game when OSU beat them.
    I’m ambivalent and impartial, but I did notice it at the half and thought it was kinda odd.
    Totally scooped Schefter!

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  8. The baby food gesture, kettle jumping, non-stop head shaking no after every play. Diva. Great back, for the moment, but total diva at an early point in his career.

    And yes, the refs definitely were watching Detroit closer than Dallas, except for the pre snap calls they let the “boys” play but kept a leash on the lions.

  9. why is it every lions loss, the players start to cheap shot (that hit on Tyron was dirty and play on Zeke was a foul)–and the fans right on cue start whining about the refs. just take an L and go home.

  10. Guess we wont mention Robinson was talking trash all game too. He picked up Zeke as much as he could and tried to slam him into the turf. his intent was to injure. The camera even caught him jawing at Dak a few plays before the penalty. you could see it coming.

  11. mazenblue says:

    Am I the only one that understands the offsetting holding call, Dez Bryants faccemask non call, the tackle of Elliot called a penalty were complete game changing moments, stacked one on top of the other. Took the fight right out of the Lions
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    If two penalties actually “took the fight” out of the Lions then they’re mentally weak and deserved to lose.

  12. The Lions are historically known for four major things:

    1# Worst team historically in the NFC North (possibly the entire NFC)

    2# The dirtiest players in the league (Suh, Raiola, Robinson, etc…)

    #3 The only team with a 0-16 record

    #4 One (1) playoff win since 1957!!!

    LoLions!!!

  13. The Lions are historically known for four major things:

    #1 Worst team historically in the NFC North (possibly the entire NFC)

    #2 The dirtiest players in the league (Suh, Raiola, Robinson, etc…)

    #3 The only team with a 0-16 record

    #4 One (1) playoff win since 1957!!!

    LoLions!!!

  14. mazenblue says:
    Dec 27, 2016 6:09 AM
    Am I the only one that understands the offsetting holding call, Dez Bryants faccemask non call, the tackle of Elliot called a penalty were complete game changing moments, stacked one on top of the other. Took the fight right out of the Lions the moment the knew they couldnt beat the refs no matter what.It almost as if ther is an agenda here. For one its the Lions. The refs are known to have it out for them for some reason one ref ,jeff triplette, even had to sit out a the next week because of poor officiating mostly bad calls against the Lions. The only calls against the Cowboy were the most obvious pre snap penalties which show how immature they are as a team. They are in fact one of the youngest teams out there. Other than that, Dak is a beast for a rook. Elliot is a beast straight up. Dez is Dez. He will double the TD catch record for most in Cowboys history. Cowboys played very good in between all the free things they were given. They played extremely well. Them and the Packer got it going on in the NFC

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    You’re beyond delusional. We suck, stop blaming the refs and get over it. You’re a Lions fan, embrace the suck!

  15. I think the refs did a great job, as usual, but Elliott should just stay focused on football. He doesn’t need to become another guy like the fella from the NYGs that has to be the center of attention. He almost got that ball swatted away when he was dancing into the end zone. DeMarco Murray led the NFL in rushing a couple years ago behind that O-Line, so Elliott needs to calm down a little bit. He’s a great young player, but the Cowboys have a chance to get to the super bowl. They all need to stay focused on the team goals. There were two great QBs playing last night, but once again, it was the rookie Dak Prescott who took over the game in the second half. He’s the MVP.

  16. Read your rule books people. It is a penalty to lift a player up and slam thm onto the ground. I’ve seen it called many, many times this year.

  17. Cowboys were better and obviously deserved to win, but in this game and every other I’ve seen them play the Lions never, ever get borderline call in their favor.

  18. They ain’t nothing special but they doubled your offensive output when you are playing for your playoff lives and they have nothing to play for. Like another poster said, if they aren’t special what are you ?

  19. this game meant nothing to the cowboys and they demolished the lowly lions. Pack are going to roll all over them next week and the giants will be the skins to knock them out too. SB is going to be Boys against the Pats and Boys win 31-21.

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!!!

  20. Looked worse than it was. Looking closer, he did what I do to my 2 yr old daughter. Pick her up to the sky and go tumbling to the ground without her even contacting the rug.

  21. Maybe I’m in the minority on this but I didn’t see any reason for a flag. I understand that it’s a penalty if you pick up a player and slam him down on the turf. But in this case he picked him up and placed him down, on top of him self. He basically picked up Zeke and waited for the play to be blown dead for forward progress. There was no penalty. It wasn’t dirty. I don’t get why that is the play you would pick out if you wanted to talk about dirty play???

  22. The Lion’s were penalized for intentional tackling, that’s how the officiating went. ‘Nuff said

  23. @carloswlassiter….”I’ve never seen the Lions get a borderline call”…I guess you missed the Touchdown on 4th and goal that was ruled short of the goal line until a referee convention 30 seconds after the play ended reversed the call. You get you hat handed to you by 21, it wasn’t because of the officials.

  24. And Robinson didn’t slam Zeke onto the ground. Watch the replay, Robinson landed on his shoulder, not Elliott’s. I guess playing for Ohio St and the Cowboys would make you soft. Getting hit hard made Zekes lady parts sad.

  25. Never mind a few years ago when Ndamokung Suh tried to break Jay Cutler in half and didn’t even draw a fine, much less a flag.

    That being said, it was a total BS call last night and the refs were clearly in pocket for the home team. Kudos to the play by play guy for calling it “a joke” on air (I’m sure he’s getting a talking to this morning), because it was.

  26. Calls are made in real time NOT from replays. You can’t pick a player up and slam him to the ground. When I first saw it I new it was a penalty. Looked very WWE to me; just like you can’t jump in a red kettle. You may not like the rules but it was going to be called and it was a good call in real time.

  27. mazenblue says:
    Dec 27, 2016 6:09 AM
    Am I the only one that understands the offsetting holding call, Dez Bryants faccemask non call, the tackle of Elliot called a penalty were complete game changing moments, stacked one on top of the other. Took the fight right out of the Lions the moment the knew they couldnt beat the refs no matter what.It almost as if ther is an agenda here. For one its the Lions. The refs are known to have it out for them for some reason one ref ,jeff triplette, even had to sit out a the next week because of poor officiating mostly bad calls against the Lions. The only calls against the Cowboy were the most obvious pre snap penalties which show how immature they are as a team. They are in fact one of the youngest teams out there. Other than that, Dak is a beast for a rook. Elliot is a beast straight up. Dez is Dez. He will double the TD catch record for most in Cowboys history. Cowboys played very good in between all the free things they were given. They played extremely well. Them and the Packer got it going on in the NFC

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    In the first place, the “refs” don’t have it out for the Lions. In the 2nd place, if they do, you can thank Ndamukong Suh, because his dirty play focused closer attention on your team.
    The “refs” did not cost the Lions that game. They lost to the better team.

  28. For a guy that most likely never attended class, Eazy E sure loves talking about college. Seems as if he would rather win national titles with the Luckeyes than accomplish anything in the NFL.
    I can assure you that Robinson has forgotten all about that game since he went to Alabama for the sole purpose of playing meaningful football on Sundays.

  29. Prancing around with your midsection exposed should be left to dudes with alternative lifestyles. ( Not that there’s anything wrong with that. )

  30. It was a borderline call, but it was the right call. Robinson had the opportunity to just stand Zeke up and the whistle would’ve been blown, but he turned him over and jerked him to the ground. Robinson kept yaking the whole game. Sorry Lions, but you won’t be seeing the Super Bowl this year either.

  31. The hit on Tyron Smith wasn’t a dirty play. If you’ve ever played football your taught to take out the lead blockers on a sweep so the players behind you have a free play on the back. If you’re coaching your 195 lb DB’s to go chest to chest with a 320 lb linemen than you wont be in the league long.

  32. Jason Garrett really made a tough call after the last Dallas TD by holding up one finger for two minutes. Got himsllf on camer. Hellof an assistance coach.

  33. If you didn’t see how the tackle on Zeke was dirty, it means one or both of these:

    1. You didn’t see the play.
    2. You didn’t notice Robinson jawing at Zeke literally the entire game leading up to it.

    Robinson clearly had some sort of personal vendetta. Even in the 4th quarter with the Lions down by 3 scores, he tackled DARREN MCFADDEN in the backfield and came up doing Zeke’s “eating” gesture. If that doesn’t prove how petty this kid is, IDK what does. Zeke was sitting on the sidelines, your team is down by 3 scores, yet you’re showboating for tackling the backup runningback in the backfield when your team is desperately trying to stop the run so they can get the ball back.

    Pathetic.

  34. I swear I hate when Dallas plays Detroit cause I know the crying that will follow if Dallas wins. Hats off to Minnesota, Chicago and Green Bay fans for potentially having to deal with the constant excuses and crybaby BS 2 times a year every year

  35. Zeke and dak are a joke. Its funny how everyone s easily forgives the mistakes the recently have made off the field.
    I’m going to love cheering against the cowboys to just spite zeke

  36. @pigskinhub

    What are ridiculous comment. “Zele’s eating gesture” are you kidding me? Peoole have been doing that for years, get over yourself.

  37. I think Dallas got some breaks from the officials. The UR call was ridiculous as noted by the announcers.

    I think Dallas could have beaten Detroit by 30 if they wanted to.

    EE should have said nothing but he is a kid.

  38. What part of the rules don’t people understand that you cannot pick up a player and slam him to the ground.

  39. It’s TACKLE football. That was a BS call!

    If the refs are going to start protecting Elliott now in his rookie season then the teams that play the Cowgirls won’t have a chance.

    Don’t want to play TACKLE football? Sit on the bench!

  40. Except the guy DIDN’T slam Elliot down. He could have. But he didn’t. He made sure Elliot fell on top of him, not slammed on the ground (which would have been a penalty).

  41. To ALL you commenting here SUPPORTING the call…. PROVE you didn’t watch the game nor saw the play.

    NOTHING even remotely ‘slammed’ on that play.

    Zeke just made he got picked up like a baby.

  42. Robinson seems to be an angry young man. The flag was by the rules, check it out. There’s absolutely no gray area concerning that call. Zeke is just calling like he sees it and his view was better than any of the crybabies commenting otherwise. It’s sour grapes all around, the Lions got beat, soundly.

  43. @ justintuckrule

    “By the way… love watching the cowboys blow their load in meaningless games.”

    Really? It wasn’t meaningless until Thursday night when the Giants choked away any chances of winning the NFC East. And then the Cowboys put the exclamation point on it by trouncing Detroit Sunday night. Merry Christmas!

    So, let me get this straight:

    You have a two year old, and yet you choose to spend your time on multiple Cowboys threads posting hater troll comments? Father of the year right there.

  44. He hasn’t even been around a full season and his arrogance rivals TO and Richard Sherman.
    With the lame scooping food into this mouth after every damn play.

    Darren McFadden ran for over a 1000 yards behind this OL last year. Darren McFadden!
    Can’t wait till he is humbled hard

  45. Dare I say that if Robinson did that to golden boys Brady, Brees, or Rodgers, he would not only be flagged, he would have been fined and suspended by Goodell. Robinson was jawing all night. Still butt hurt from the Sugar Bowl.

  46. “They aint nothing special”

    Does this Wunderlic of 6 realize the Cowboys basically played with their food for 2 quarters before curb stomping a team (DeToilet) that is playing for their playoff lives??

    Zeke got to sit the 4th quarter. Dez got to THROW a td pass. It was a 7 on 7 drill out there. The only reason people watched the 4th quarter was to see if Romo would get put in the game.

    I almost feel bad for the Lions. Almost. The franchise that ruined Barry Sanders.

  47. channer81 says:
    Dec 27, 2016 7:14 AM
    Robinson picked up Zeke and threw him on top of Robinson’s own body. Dirty is hardly the word..

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    The rule states that you cannot lift a player and slam him down……which was his intent…..just because he was too fat to slam him down without bringing him down on his own body doesnt give him a pass…..its a penalty by the letter of the rule.

  48. fshort says:
    Dec 27, 2016 7:49 AM
    Dunno, picking up and RB, turning, and slamming them to the ground seems like a penalty to me.

    Or a tackle.

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