Eric Reid: I didn’t even know you could be ejected in the NFL

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Panthers safety Eric Reid was ejected from Thursday night’s loss to the Steelers, which was unsurprising to anyone who saw him drill Ben Roethlisberger in the head long after Roehtlisberger’s knee hit the ground on his feet-first slide. Unsurprising, that is, to anyone other than Reid and his coach.

Reid said after the game that he was unaware that ejections are a thing in the NFL.

I didn’t even know you could be ejected,” Reid said. “The referees told me I was targeting him, which I disagree with.”

It’s hard to fathom how an NFL player could not know that ejections exist in the NFL, and hits like Reid’s are exactly the kinds of plays that often result in ejections. But Panthers head coach Ron Rivera didn’t agree with the ejection, either.

“I don’t think that was warranted, I really don’t. I don’t think he hit him hard enough to eject him,” Rivera said. “They are trying to protect the quarterbacks, and he was high.”

Reid will certainly be fined, and possibly suspended.

165 responses to “Eric Reid: I didn’t even know you could be ejected in the NFL

  1. Something tells me some players don’t bother to sit down with the rule book, ever. Ejections and ties seem to often come with “I didn’t know that could happen” comments.

  2. Starts fights with opponents mere weeks after signing with his new team, blatantly states to the world he doesn’t care what his coach (his boss) thinks about him kneeling, doesn’t know you can get ejected from a game despite countless players getting ejected each season. Doesn’t sound like the brightest person.

    But collusion, am I right, Eric?

  3. baker mayfield gets hit helmet to helmet on a slide and the refs throw no flag. Reid barely hits big sloppy with his shoulder and gets ejected and possible suspension, interesting.

  4. If that hit he gave Roethlisberger had been a Steeler doing it to Cam Newton, we’d had have to read another “I’m not being protected by the officials” sob story from Newton.
    Eric Reid knows fully well you can’t do that to a QB and you can be thrown out if you do. Who is he trying to kid?

  5. Eric Reid excels at displaying ignorance on numerous topics. Fortunately his play and has been even worse than his uninformed outrage against the players coalition so he’ll be out of the league again after the season.

  6. It looked like Reid was trying to jump over Roethlisberger at the last possible instant. Roethlisberger did slide late, not as late as Flacco vs. Miami last season but still pretty late.

  7. Haha really? I mean I think he should not have been ejected because Ben went down late. Reid was running full speed because Ben didn’t look like he was going down anytime soon, BUT for Reid to say about ejections shows that he’s either ignorant or too busy focusing on improving him Kaps brand and less time on adjusting to the NFL rules

  8. I guess when all you think about is taking a knee you miss minor details like rules.Big Ben should have got up and whacked him upside the head and kneeled over him.

  9. Eric I understand your confusion. When you were watching the Browns the referee informed you that if the QB is a runner he could be hit in the head so no foul. Not even a penalty. This is the difference between the Browns and the Steelers. You just were playing the wrong AFC North team . Wait until December 9th it will be legal then.

  10. If he had been ejected for his previous cheap hits instead of mere fines – like for his late hit on Wentz just a couple of weeks ago, maybe he’d know by now? I guess he’s been too busy being a role model and Hero of the People to review the rule that started his last on-field fight…

  11. Could stupidity like this possibly be the real reason he went unemployed for so long? After reading this, I should think so.

  12. a few years ago ,qb donavan mcnabb did not know games could end in a tie,and now reid did not know you could be ejected….i never played a down in the nfl and i knew both of those facts, way to educate your selves on the rules of the game you play.

  13. Glad to see those 3 years of post secondary education at Louisana State University are being put to good use.

  14. Maybe he can kneel down with a rule book while he’s suspended. I guess we should thank him for proving just how stupid he really is. Can’t wait to see how he tries to turn his own on field actions into a collusion claim.

  15. Hey Ron. There were 2 strikes against Reid.
    1. He shouldered him in the head
    2. No team would sign him up till now due to the National Anthem kneeleing

  16. Early in the game, a Steeler player lowered his helmet and drove it into Newton’s right shoulder.

    I don’t know the rule, but but it looked as deliberate as Reid’s hit.

  17. Rivera’s comments are just as strange. He didn’t know it was a hard enough hit? Is degree of hard part of the rules? Hard to play the game when players AND their coach don’t know the rules.

  18. Can someone explain why Ben Roethlisberger was not removed from the game by the “independent medical staff” to be evaluated for a concussion? I watched Baker Mayfield get pulled last week in the red zone for a hit that appeared a lot less severe. The hit against Baker did not draw a flag and occurred during a “relatively” close game in a scoring situation. Yet, the Roethlisberger hit drew a flag, an ejection of Reid, while the game was out of reach. I just don’t get it. Must be the spread was not close enough to matter. The inconsistency of the officials and sanitization of the game by the league are taking away my desire to watch the game.

  19. It is said he’s a professional athlete. I don’t believe I have ever seen him act like one. He knew. He targeted. He ignored. He was punished. He was targeted. He will be fined.

  20. I guess he’s spending too much time planning his next protest or maybe he’s just not very smart. Probably both

  21. Reid doesn’t know about ejections?

    He played in the Cardinal/49er game in November last year when 3 players were ejected – Rucker and Reddick for the Cards and Hyde for the 49ers.

    Maybe he should STAND UP and pay attention (pun intended) while on the football field. He might actually learn something.

  22. Not doing much for your reputation when you make a claim like that. Perhaps he meant for that type of thing? Clearly, in every sport there’s a line that can be crossed where one is ejected.

  23. So he didn’t notice the ejection of then-teammate Carlos Hyde last November for fighting (vs the Cardinals)?

  24. Well, I dont think anyone has accused this guy of being solely focused on football. He is too busy making crazy eyes at people who are actually on his side to crack open the rulebook or, you know, pay attention to the multiple other instances in the last year of players getting ejected.

  25. Reid acted like a moron last night (or perhaps it’s not an act but genuine) and Rivera feebly tried to excuse that behavior, it’s not about how hard someone gets hit, as soon as the QB slides you don’t touch him. You’d figure two individuals who have been in the NFL as long as they have would know that by now.

  26. Don’t understand how Big Ben was making nice with this Reid punk after he tried to kill him with a deliberate, direct shoulder to his head. His OL wanted to kill Reid, and Big Ben is making nice. Prob bumped fists and said “I agree, Kap should be here” ….

  27. Please. Playing dumb with the rules isn’t going to cut it.

    Oh, and speaking of cut…. I wonder how much of his paycheck is going to be cut either today or next Friday.

  28. They need to clarify the rule book on the quarterback slides. Defender gets two steps after the quarterback starts to slide. If the quarterback starts a fake slide or performs a juke or spin move just blow the play dead.

  29. It’s actually easy to fathom.

    He wasn’t on a team until a few weeks after the season, thus clearly he didn’t pay attention to the rule changes during the off-season. You guys will actually be surprised just how many athletes actually don’t pay attention to the competition committees rule changes. Is no different than any other job where a good portion of employees don’t know about a policy changed unless there’s a constant memo or a mandatory meeting, or find out through fellow coworkers.

    Heck if I wanted to I can bring up supervisors that didn’t know some of my former job rules, and I’m sure some other people in the comments can as well. No, having a six or seven figure contract does not change any of that human nature.

  30. Maybe he should spend more time reading the rule book and less time protesting and suing the company he works for. He would look like less of a fool all around then.

  31. He’s either ignorant or a liar. People get ejected all the time for touching the officials and other things. I find his statement hard to believe.

  32. It was probably his 1st ever game vs the cherished Steelers, so please excuse him. They’ve been given the benefit of the doubt on all zebra calls since the Immaculate Deflection.

  33. I think Eric Reid is disconnected with real life. To him, emotions and what he thinks is more important than reality, facts and rules.

  34. LOL…. maybe he should take a knee & reflect on this epiphany……
    Actually kind of makes you wonder if he even knows why he decided to take a knee previously, afterall if you don’t even know something as basic as this about football, what else is he obviously oblivious too??!!

  35. Suspend him one game for the hit, and another for being too stupid not to know the rules (that yes, you can get ejected).

  36. Ben was almost lying prone on the ground and Reid drove directly at his head. Ben was lucky he was slightly lower than Reid at the time.

  37. This is the guy who said “he knows his rights” when it comes to what he wants to do on the field, but doesn’t know the rules the league has emphasized over the past year.

  38. Sooo he didn’t know he could be ejected? Wow.. when tackling a quarterback like you tackle anyone else on the field results in a 15 yard penalty? You don’t even have to know “it’s a thing.” Using common sense you could figure that one out. Knucklehead!

  39. So you can get ejected in baseball, hockey, and basketball, but not football? I don’t know how some of these guys tie their shoes in the morning.

  40. This guy is such a tool. He wasn’t out of the league because of his political stances. He was out of the league because of stuff like this. He’s barely been back a month and already has taken multiple cheap shots at QBs and had a few outbursts where he couldn’t control his temper. League was better off without him.

  41. Near exact hit on Cam resulted in an ejection against the Falcons, at that time “Ron Rivera was losing his mind on the sidelines (understandably) and there was a clear-cut belief that Kazee shouldn’t stay on the field” and Carolina teammates got in Kazee’s face about it. Here we are 2 months later and Rivera thinks the opposite is a bad call? Not only did Ben slide feet first, but he took a late shot from a shoulder straight to the head and then his head bounced off the ground. I was surprised they didn’t make him come out of the game for protocol (he shouldn’t have really even been in the game at that point but Tomlin….).

  42. Only he knows his true intentions, but from the replay, it looked to me like he went out of his way to hit Ben while he was sliding. He does this weird contortion where he rolls his right shoulder downward and into Roethlisberger. If he doesn’t do that, he sails over him and misses him completely. He can use the “just trying to make a play” excuse, but Ben was well into his slide before Reid drops the shoulder.

  43. I’ve seen way worse hits not result in a ejection. This seemed kind of bogus to me. Sure Ben had his knee down, but the guy was running full blast. How can he stop that quickly? You could tell also the guy didn’t mean to do it, so clearly he wasn’t targeting anyone. The Steelers get soo much unfair treatment from the refs. Either way…doesn’t matter…this game was a blow out. Why can’t Thursday night ever result in a good game? I thought for once it would since two good teams were playing eachother.

  44. nfl is really soft anymore and to me if a QB is a runner he is fair game to get nailed just like a WR or RB. this is why I am starting to tone the nfl out and first time in 30 yrs I have actually missed games and start of games. The product sucks anymore as the refs have taken over the games and for that matter outcome of games.

  45. You would think that a player like Reid that likes to bring himself to the forefront for what some would say are negative reasons would be more cognizant of opening himself up like this.

    The whole coach has no choice but to do what I want to do thing, well this could be the NFL trying to make sure that he knows that is not always the case.

  46. Reid doesn’t know about ejections?

    He played in the Cardinal/49er game in November last year when 3 players were ejected – Rucker and Reddick for the Cards and Hyde for the 49ers.

    Maybe he should STAND UP and pay attention (pun intended) while on the football field. He might actually learn something.

  47. Well, Eric, you now know that being the dirtball player that you have always been will now result in you doing this again.

    For a player to say they didn’t know they can’t be ejected is a farse – a boldface lie – or – you are stupid and should be off the field permanently.

  48. Something tells me some players don’t bother to sit down with the rule book, ever. Ejections and ties seem to often come with “I didn’t know that could happen” comments.
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    Could you imagine how thick that rulebook would be? My god that league is ruled to death. I believe it’s up to the head coaches, coordinators and position coaches to discuss changes and rules yearly and variances in the rules from college with rookies as they come in.

  49. I honestly do not understand why a quarterback running 10 yards down field is treated ANY different than a running back or receiver… He IS, in fact, a running back once he tucks the ball and starts running. He was trying to get more yardage and the defensive players job is stop him from getting more yardage. He could have slid many many times well before the contact but he waited until the last split second and “can’t touch this”…. stupid. What if Roethlisberger, instead of going down, in that same motion, planted a foot and cut to the right and kept running….that is with in the realm of possibility…what then?? I agree with a lot of “protection” rules but a runner is a runner is a runner….stop coddling quarterbacks, they are “supposed” to be football players after all

  50. “Its sending a message to players that shots to the head of other players will not be tolerated…”There was an emphasis on sliding quarterbacks, protecting quarterbacks, that was made this offseason & players were told if something like this happens, you could be ejected.” – Ron Riveria 9/16/18…regarding a hit to Cam’s head while he slid in week 2 that resulted in an ejection…

  51. He definitely was targeting his head… went low and right for the head. To his credit he did go over and dap Ben up.

  52. He didn’t know, because he’s just as clueless about the job he wanted so badly, as he is about the ill conceived crusade he thinks he’s making a difference in.

  53. “The biggest thing we’re trying to do is lower the target,” Rivera said Wednesday. “Maybe if we as a league look at that, and say we really do want to eliminate that, maybe the penalty has to be a little stiffer. Maybe getting guys to understand if you do this — kind of like what happened in the college game — eject the player.

    “And if they eject you late in the game, you don’t get to play the next game. It seems to help. I’d like to believe it would help. If we do something to motivate guys to lower their targets, maybe it’ll help.”

  54. “I didn’t even know you could be ejected,”

    And people here wonder why he had a hard time finding employment. Can’t repair stupid, no matter which side of the cause it on.

  55. gtodriver says:
    November 9, 2018 at 8:59 am
    Reid doesn’t know about ejections?

    He played in the Cardinal/49er game in November last year when 3 players were ejected – Rucker and Reddick for the Cards and Hyde for the 49ers.

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    I was thinking that too. He has seen them happen right in front if him, some even to his team mates so no way he wasn’t aware of tjose occurances.

    I take it all to mean he had it in his head that he did not know that HE could be ejected. There has been a pattern of thinking he is entitled to being favored via special treatment and its some sort of wrong being committed when he isn’t.

  56. “I didn’t even know you could be ejected.” This was like McNabb saying he didn’t know that there were ties in the NFL.

  57. Reid was headhunting. When the quarterback gives himself up you do not even have to touch him because he is DOWN. Reid was very obviously targeting Roethlisberger’s head. A $100k fine and a 5 game suspension might let the rest of the idiots who are also currently unaware that there are RULES against headhunting and you can be ejected, fined, and suspended for it.

  58. OH the injustice of it all. What a lame comment from a player who is lucky he is even in the NFL. Suspension and fine is not enough for a player who feels he is above it all.

  59. “I don’t think that was warranted, I really don’t. I don’t think he hit him hard enough to eject him,” Rivera said. Define HARD ENOUGH

  60. brwmstr says:

    November 9, 2018 at 9:05 am

    I honestly do not understand why a quarterback running 10 yards down field is treated ANY different than a running back or receiver… He IS, in fact, a running back once he tucks the ball and starts running.

    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    They aren’t, sliding feet first is equivalent to kneeling. It is a form of giving yourself up. Any ball carrier can do it to protect themselves.

  61. orivar says:
    November 9, 2018 at 7:41 am
    It’s actually easy to fathom.

    He wasn’t on a team until a few weeks after the season, thus clearly he didn’t pay attention to the rule changes during the off-season.
    ###

    Ummmm…..

    Just last November, Reid played in a game where three players were ejected.

    Ejections have been a fact of life in the NFL for a long time.

  62. Everytime this guy opens his mouth he makes it easier to dislike him . I don’t want to hear anymore talk about collusion. Reid’s problem isn’t that he kneeled, it is that he is stupid and entitled.

  63. Rivera said. “They are trying to protect the quarterbacks, and he was high.”

    I’m guessing Reid is the “he” Rivera referred to. And there you have it, cause and effect explained. Thanx Ron.

  64. nypd1056 says:
    November 9, 2018 at 10:47 am
    “I don’t think that was warranted, I really don’t. I don’t think he hit him hard enough to eject him,” Rivera said. Define HARD ENOUGH
    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Maybe you haven’t noticed? Rivera is an enabler.

  65. Roethlisberger like Cam is much bigger than any DB. They have to go all in or they will get trucked. Reid had already committed to the tackle when Roethlisberger slid. It’s the same hit that Alonso got flagged for. Another player had Brady but let go for fear of a flag and Brady ran in a TD.

  66. Wouldn’t it be wild if they made players pass a written test on the rules of the game (kind of like the written part of the driving test) before they were allowed to play in a game?

  67. Not a big surprise. He won’t be mistaken for an astrophysicist anytime soon. Who was the QB who didn’t know about ties? These NFL fellows aren’t too bright, for the most part. Some exceptions, obviously. But you’d think he would at least know the rules of the game he plays.

  68. He shouldn’t have been ejected, it wasn’t even that bad. I’ve seen worse that don’t even get penalized. Typical Steelers getting calls in their favor. But I am a bit surprised if he legitimately didnt know it was a possibility.

  69. This guy just has no clue on how to keep a job. Kaepernick wouldn’t even be this determined to back in the unemployment line if he got signed. Reid looks like he’s TRYING to get suspended or cut or just disapproved of in general with his comments and attitude. He’s lucky Rivera is a classy guy, there are other coaches in the league who would not have had his back publically, but everyone’s patience eventually wears thin.

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