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Report: NFL issued warning on trash-talking

Posted on: January 15, 2011 9:29 am
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Posted by Will Brinson

The trash-talking that's taken place between the Patriots and Jets this week has been pretty epic. It began when Rex Ryan called the matchup a "personal" battle between he and Rex Ryan. Then it escalated when Antonio Cromartie called Tom Brady a bunch of names that journalists can't print. Then Wes Welker made like 50 foot references during a press conference. (Which may have only been topped in hysterical cleverness by Nick Mangold tweeting that "If we don't keep a Spy on [Welker], he could really open the Gate.")

The league apparently had enough (at some point) and, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, NFL VP of Operations Ray Anderson contacted all eight playoff teams late last week and issued a warning about trash-talking, while telling them to "respect the game."

The premise of Anderson reaching out is simple: some of the trash-talking crossed the line -- and possibly the rule book -- and the NFL doesn't want to see to a situation that evolves from verbal barbs in the media to danger on the football field, especially Sunday night.

And, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Anderson told the teams that if any illegal actions occurred on the field, "past comments will be considered in evaluating discipline."

All of that's to say, if Bart Scott lays into Welker in a manner that makes his days in a uniform "numbered" (which is what Scott said to Rod Boone of Newsday yesterday) and it's not a legal hit, he'll be a lot lighter in the wallet come next week.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:46 pm
 

Report: NFL issued warning on trash-talking

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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Report: NFL issued warning on trash-talking

freeneyblitz, you wrote:

The hype can result sometimes in more than just aggressive behavior, sometimes it leads to violent cheap shots that can injure another player or worse create a bigger problem that results in several injuries, long term and permanent.

Allow me to fix that for you:

The GAME OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL can result sometimes in more than just aggressive behavior, sometimes it leads to violent cheap shots that can injure another player or worse create a bigger problem that results in several injuries, long term and permanent.

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Seriously, do you think that contrived civility prior to these games is going to make a big difference during the game itself? Ask Darryl Stingley's survivors how that worked out. (Not trying to guilt-trip you here ... just making the point that the game is inherently violent.)

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What we probably have here, people, is a bunch of frightened NFL executives with a corporate mindset. They're always afraid of losing their bread 'n butter viewers. Accordingly, they're constantly evaluating whether their most important customers (the ones who sit obediently in front of the TV and respond emotionally to middlebrow advertising) are taking offense to anything.




Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Report: NFL issued warning on trash-talking

All this trash talk just highlights the differences in these two teams. The Jets use juvenile methods while the Pats talk like people that have an actual education.
 
Cromartie: He's an A-hole
Brady: He must like me

Welker: foot,feet,toes
Scott: I'm gonna end your career

Ryan: It's personal, me vs Bellicheck
BB : I think that I could beat him in a foot race

The jets know that if they can make this game into a penalty filled brawl, then maybe they have a chance.
The Pats are : Smarter, Faster, Smaller, and a lot more fun to watch.

Same Old Jets.



Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2011 11:59 am
 

Report: NFL issued warning on trash-talking

i think belichick shouldve been the sith lord and brady shouldve been vader. then rex shouldve been chubacca



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2011 11:48 am
 

Report: NFL issued warning on trash-talking

Respect the game?  First of all, that has long been thrown out the NFL.  Trash talking is what the NFL is about.  This is the playoffs.  Not Kevin Garnett and Charlie Villanueva going after it.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2011 11:47 am
 

Report: NFL issued warning on trash-talking

The trouble is this trash talk went too far, right about the time when Bart Scott threatened Welker. If Welker gets hit and hurt, it's going to cast a shadow over the entire sport because the media, which makes a big deal out of everything, would jump on it with countless articles about whether the intent was to hurt him.

Then every questionable hit, and every injury from a hard hit between two teams that are said to not like each other, or said to be rivals (whcih probably covers at least 3/4 of all the games every team plays) will be called into question. Then that's all you'll hear about on sports talk radio, or read about in the papers and online. All the old school guys will be on the radio talking about how it was in their day when talk was cheap and they all tried to knock each others block off but nobody cried about it....And the younger guys will get on the radio talking about how they have families to feed and if you try to hurt them on the field you're messing with their family and blah blah blah. And of course, the usual kooks will come out of the wood work with all the usual chatter about violent sports and bad role models and what about the chlldren?! What do we say to our children who watch this game and look up to these awful violent players, oh the horror!!!

All the NFL is doing here is trying to prevent this from happening. It's a good move on the NFL's part.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2011 11:47 am
 

Report: NFL issued warning on trash-talking

This simply goes too far. To threaten to end a players career is something more than Ryan's or Welker's harmless comments. I don't think the league should step in but I think Ryan should address this by saying that comments like that have no place in sports. Ryan won't look professional if he defends Bart Scott


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