Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden has a history of violence, which is why it comes as no surprise that he head butted Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker. Even though the NFL was right to suspend Walden for one game, the case can definitely be made that the punishment should have been far harsher.
During Thursday night’s contest between the two teams, it was obvious words were exchanged between Walden and Walker. Whatever was said, it was clear that Walden didn’t approve. However, the last thing he should have done is head butt Walker, who was not wearing a helmet at the time.
“I was whupping his butt, that’s what happened, and the cat couldn’t take it when he was getting whupped,” Walker said, according to CBS Sports. “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.”
“I threw a punch at him; I’m not going to lie about that. It’s on film,” Walker added. “But that was just a reaction. You head butt me in the face because I am beating you? C’mon.”
Personally, I couldn’t believe Walden wasn’t ejected for the obvious blunder. In fact, it’s just another example that a majority of the officiating in the NFL has been dismal at best this season.
It’s great that the league has taken action and suspended Walden. With that being said, one game hardly does the act justice. The one-game suspensions and small fines are not exactly preventing players from performing heinous acts. It’s no wonder that the league is constantly dealing with foul play each and every week.
In 2011, Walden was arrested on a disorderly conduct-domestic abuse charge after a dispute with his girlfriend. However, his girlfriend decided to change her statement, which allowed Walden to be released on all charges.