NFL Should Come Down Hard On Erik Walden For Head Butt

By Andrew Fisher
Erik Walden
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Anyone who was watching the matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football, experienced a jaw-dropping moment in the second quarter. It started when Delanie Walker‘s helmet was ripped off by Erik Walden. But the really stunning moment came when Walden decided to head butt a helmet-less Walker.

Check out the idiotic move from Walden here:

“What got him riled up? I was whupping his butt, that’s what happened, and the cat couldn’t take it when he was getting whupped. He got frustrated, and he should have been ejected for what he did. That’s bush league and that’s the type of stuff we don’t need in this league, said Walker after the game.”

Walden received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the play, but surprisingly wasn’t ejected. Walker is absolutely correct when he says that there’s no place for that in the NFL.

Speaking of the NFL, league officials are likely to come down hard on Walden. I doubt he’ll receive a suspension for his busch league head butt, but a hefty fine is certainly coming his way. It’s tough to gauge how harshly the NFL will come down on a ‘first-time offender’ like Walden, but I’m guessing he’ll be fined anywhere from $30,000 – $50,000.

For what it’s worth, the DE did sound somewhat remorseful after his actions:

“It was a selfish act. It could have cost my team bigger than I did. I lost my composure. It’s something that can’t happen. It wasn’t really something he did, it was ticky-tack. I can’t allow myself to take it that far.”


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