"It's outrageous, man. Like I said, I was trying to help on the tackle when he got the fumble recovery...I was getting up, pushing off my own leg to get up and one of his teammates came and gave me a little shove, and to catch my balance from falling back on him I put my hand down. And you know, as soon as I got my hand down I hopped up...he even got up, you know, you can see his reaction when he got up, he said nothing to me because there was nothing done, but people are trying to make a story out of it, for whatever reason."
-- Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown regarding his alleged punch on Clint Session (as heard on 1560 The Game)
Much has been made over the last five days about what a "dirty" band of street thugs the Texans have become. The Jacksonville Jaguars departed Reliant Stadium on Sunday afternoon leaving behind a trail of accusations, chief among them that Brown dropped a right fist intentionally into Clint Session's torso after his fumble return in the second quarter.
I'll let you guys be the judge...
Unfortunately, trying to find video on the punch is like trying to locate the weapons of mass destruction. Roger Goodell and his video gestapo seemed to have swept the Internet of all remnants of Brown's "punch." The best I can do is this sequence of pictures from the incident.
I don't know what the big deal is. After all, dude was just trying to keep his balance by putting his hand down. Hell, some of my favorite moments in television, movies and sports are about guys trying to keep their balance by putting their hands down.
Who could forget the time Tony Soprano had to keep his balance with Mikey Palmice right beneath him?
Good thing he had that staple gun, too!
I also like when Obi-Wan Kenobi managed to remain upright by leaning his light saber on that Walrus dude's arm in the cantina (fast forward to 3:45)....
Phew, who knows how bad that could have gotten for Obi-Wan. At his age, he was probably looking at a broken hip if that guy's arm wasn't there. Then, who could forget that unfortunate night in Detroit when guys were losing their balance throughout the arena...
Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Ben Wallace...tons of guys with amazing balance in that video.
These videos are my way of saying that I completely support Duane Brown 100 percent and believe him that there was no punch thrown. So when Roger Goodell dropped a fine of $7,500 on him today, that may have put it to bed as far as Brown and Goodell are concerned, but I will not stand by idly and watch a man get persecuted merely because he is concerned about his equilibrium.
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I'm starting it now, and would ask that all of you start it on Twitter....#FreeDuaneBrown.
If we don't stand up to this type of tyranny now, we risk a generation of players who will be unable to
throw sucker punches merely maintain balance as they get up from a pile of players.
Let me hear you...#FreeDuaneBrown...#FreeDuaneBrown...
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