As a self-proclaimed die-hard NFL fan, I've seen a lot of crazy plays and events happen. A big majority of those plays have been big hits, which I've grown to love. But last night's play that put Ravens receiver Kamar Aiken in serious danger was unacceptable, and an embarrassment to the league.
In case you haven't seen it yet:
I'm all for big, clean hits. It's a part of the game, and always should be. But this is unacceptable. Robinson's completely unnecessary tackle not only put himself at risk for a penalty, but also put Aiken's career, even his life on the line. Neck and head injuries are no joke. It's amazing that Aiken was left without a scratch.
The hit caused a brawl between the two sides. It was a fight that resulted in the refs having to write down the many penalties called on an index card, and included two ejections. Even the two coaches got into it a bit.
But by far the worst part of this whole thing is the fact that Robinson got off scot-free. That's right, nothing. No penalty called, absolutely nothing.
I hope that in the coming days, Robinson is fined heavily and suspended. This kind of thing has no place in the league. If the league is suspending players for deflating footballs and doing drugs, then putting another player's life in danger on purpose should certainly result in a suspension.
Perhaps I'm overreacting a little. I mean, Kamar Aiken is one of my favorite players on my favorite team, but with the league supposedly focusing on making the sport safer for players, this malicious act deserves some punishment.