December 21, 2010
Sorry for the brief hiatus everyone. Back to the hits!
This one is certainly a head scratcher in more ways than one. Watch in this clip as Tyler Brayton is seen stepping up toward the sideline and blatantly elbowing Panthers’ cornerback Chris Owens as he was heading down field on a punt return. There are two huge outstanding issues with this play and its aftermath.
1) The obvious fact that Brayton blatantly went out of his way to get in Owens’ way is a disgusting display of conduct by a professional football player. The fact that he threw his elbow and clearly intended to harm on the play is something that needs to be addressed
2) Brayton was fined $15,000 for this act, 10 grand less than New York Jets’ coach Sal Alosi. Basically what the NFL is saying by fining him less than Alosi is that it is slightly more acceptable for a player to come with a running elbow to slow down a punt coverage than it is for a coach to stick his knee out. Brayton should have been fined equal to, if not more than Alosi was. Both acts were brutal, but in my opinion, Tyler Brayton reflects the NFL’s image in a much greater way than some juice head from New Jersey. The punishment simply does not fit the crime.