You may already have seen this Golden Tate vs. Sean Lee block of the year candidate. The Warren Peace NFL Report does not condone dirty play, but is confident that this hit was 100% legal.
Ouch, right? Lee himself didn’t take issue with the hit. It didn’t draw a flag, and he said it’s part of the game.
But this is the Cowboys we’re talking about, so of course shit gets fucked up: Jerry Jones demanded that the NFL fine Tate for the hit. Roger Goodell then did exactly what Jones wanted him to do, because doing exactly what the owners want is what Goodell does. Golden Tate now has to pay an absurd $21,000 fine because an extremely wealthy white asshole was unhappy with him.
A commenter at PFT said “Not that we needed more evidence, but this is why Sean Lee is everything that is right with football and why Jerry Jones is everything that is wrong with football.” Jerry Jones is 75% plastic. They can change his skin, too bad they can’t change his brain.
Jones thought Tate led with his helmet–he hit Lee at chest level. Goodell thought he “launched” himself–he was running in the same direction as Lee! Did he launch himself backwards?
I’d like to ask Jones and Goodell which was worse: the hit, or the fact that the Cowboys put Lee back in a game they had already lost only a few plays later? They claim to have checked him out for a concussion, and maybe he didn’t have one. No football game is worth the risk of making it worse. The Warren Peace NFL Report does hope Lee is okay, because he is a great football player who makes the Dallas defense more fun to watch.