Micah Parsons, Nick Gates accuse each other of dirty play

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Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons and Giants center Nick Gates will not be exchanging Christmas cards.

In the final minute of the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving win over the Giants, Parsons was flagged for unnecessary roughness on Gates, and since then the two of them have exchanged harsh words for each other.

Gates said Parsons “full-on punched” him in the chin to draw the penalty and that he expected the New York officiating office to throw him out of the game.

“I’m surprised he didn’t get ejected, but New York said it was open-handed. He’ll get [fined]. He must not like his money,” Gates said of Parsons, via Dan Duggan of TheAthletic.com.

Gates also said he got under Parsons’ skin, noting, “I’m not the best football player, so I’ve got to do other things to try to help out the team.”

Parsons saw that quote from Gates and didn’t take kindly to it, tweeting, “When he says others things that means play dirty, take cheap shots and try to hurt other opponents!! I’m never going to intentionally try and hurt another player but we constantly allow this in the league!”

The NFL will review both players’ actions for potential league discipline, and any fines would be announced on Friday.

8 responses to “Micah Parsons, Nick Gates accuse each other of dirty play

  1. It’s nice to see two guys lined up across from each other who don’t like each other and wanna play hard.

  2. I’m sure Parsons has never said a cross word to an opponent on the field. Everyone knows it’s always the second guy who gets caught. Gates goaded Parsons into being the second guy. At least he was honest about it. Micah, you did it to yourself.

  3. Parsons is definitely a talented player, but with this accusation and the way he came back into the Vikings game (after he left for injury) late in the fourth quarter , just to try and up his sack count against Minnesotas complete second team, I thought that was something a chump would do, not a pro. And McCarthy is dam lucky he didn’t get hurt when the game was well in hand.

  4. Parsons is a chump. That’s why he wasn’t drafted higher. But Dallas appreciates these types of players.

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