See Brandon Jacobs slap the Redskins
Now that the fines have been doled out--$10k for Albert Haynesworth and $7,500 for Brandon Jacobs--let's briefly revisit their Monday Night fith? You'll recall that immediately after the game, Jacobs told reporters--with a moderately straight face--that he didn't throw any punches, and that in fact, he had been "jumped" by two Redskins. Quite the comedian. Replays obviously showed that to be a farcical argument, and luckily, Jacobs clarified his position during his weekly appearance on ESPN 1050's Brandon Tierney Show.
(Note to bosses: Yes, I'm now transcribing out-of-town NFL radio interviews during my off days. I'd like a complimentary holiday donut, please.)
"I shouldn't get suspended," Jacobs said during the interview. "It was an open hand. I didn't throw a closed-fist punch. That's not even really illegal, to be honest with you, if you want to go by the books."
The thing is, Jacobs is right about the open hand. I looked at both of his punches extensively--a right hand thrown at DeAngelo Hall (pictured above), and another right thrown at Haynesworth (pictured below). Both were, in fact, open-hand blows. Otherwise known as "teenage girl slaps." Well done, Jacobs.
Jacobs also began his radio appearance by noting that he was getting ready to go to the dentist.
"Haynesworth connected on one," the running back explained. "It was a pretty good one. I wasn't looking. I didn't have him in sight. I was worrying about 23, and 92 got a good one on for me."
This was, of course, also ridiculous, and the New York Daily News quoted a team source indicating that Jacobs had a preexisting dental issue. So maybe Jacobs isn't the best source for accurate fight information.
But just in case, I watched the footage for Haynesworth's punches, and it turns out he was throwing "open-hand punches" as well, one with the left and one with the right. Some fight.
One final point. The announcers clearly indicated that calling a penalty on Haynesworth and no one else was ridiculous, but I thought Jon Gruden's comments were particularly noteworthy.
"How it's just called on Albert Haynesworth, I don't know," he said. "If I'm Jim Zorn I'm throwing a fit out there right now."
Yeah. Except Jim Zorn doesn't do fits. Fits aren't medium.
(Zorn did seem to raise his voice and indicate that 27 had thrown a punch, but it really wasn't a Gruden-quality fit.)
December 25, 2009; 11:29 AM ET
Categories: Redskins | Tags: Albert Haynesworth, Brandon Jacobs, Giants, Redskins, fight
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