Just curious as to what happened to that SEC 1/2 or 1 game suspension on Tyrann Mathieu that you so adamantly stated would happen by Wednesday of this week? In your article, you blasted him for a flagrant clothesline on Dre Kirkpatrick, yet the referees called a "holding" penalty on him and he only received a 5 yd penalty. If it had been a clothesline or a horsecollar tackle or any other flagrant personal foul, the penalty would have been 15 yards, which did not happen. Did you not understand what the referees called and just what penalty was enacted for it? Was it just your overblown reactive opinion that led you to not properly describe all the details of what actually happened and to malign Mr. Mathieu? I would say that you apparently owe Mr. Mathieu an apology for so maligning him in error last week. He extended a public apology to Dre Kirkpatrick for being part of the incident that led to Dre getting hurt, though it wasn't a vicious hit, as you described...don't you think you should apologize to him for your errors, too?
"I would say that you apparently owe Mr. Mathieu an apology"
This is the funniest post I have ever read!
Here's what was written:
"The Honey Badger may have to spend some more time off the field this week. We expect the SEC offices will come down with a half-game suspension on LSU’s talented cornerback Tyrann Mathieu for the unnecessary clothesline that he delivered to Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick during a punt return on Saturday night...
That said, we believe that by Wednesday Mathieu will receive his sentence and he’ll be left on the bench for the first half of the Tigers’ next game with Western Kentucky. (And he may get a full-game suspension depending on how angry Slive was over the negative PR factor.)
Slive and the SEC office have set a precedent with blindside, dangerous shots to defenseless players. If they don’t penalize Mathieu, there will be a lot of questions coming from other corners of the conference."
I see "believe," "expect," and "may" in those paragraphs. So I wasn't quite adamant. I left some wiggle room because I'm not Mike Slive.
That said, everyone not wearing purple and gold thought the hit was dirty and cheap. From the broadcasters doing the game to the folks delivering highlights afterward.
And I believe the league has opened itself up to questioning the next time a blindside cheap shot is delivered. They seemed to set a precedent in the weeks prior and now they've backed away from that.
As for apologizing? Why would I apologize? I gave my opinion. Slive might have disagreed with my opinion, but that doesn't change it. So there's no "error" involved. I anticipated a suspension based on precedent. The league didn't deliver a punishment.
We give our opinions on this site. Do it everyday. And we're right a heckuva lot more than we're wrong. But that won't mean we'll never be wrong.
And we certainly don't owe Mathieu an apology for saying we thought he would be suspended. No one called him a bad person. We said he delivered a dirty hit. We still think he did.
Thanks for reading,