Bernard Pollard Wants Tom Brady Punished For Kicking Ed Reed; NFL Reviewing Case
BOSTON (CBS) — The Baltimore Ravens won Sunday night in Foxboro, beating the Patriots and earning a trip to the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely happy … at least not Bernard Pollard.
Pollard made headlines for his helmet-to-helmet hit that knocked Stevan Ridley out of the game early in the fourth quarter, but it was a play made by Tom Brady that Pollard finds questionable.
Pollard said after the game that Brady’s leg kick at Ed Reed during his feetfirst slide was “bull crap,” according to CSNNE, and on Monday he expressed his frustration further.
“When you slide … everything is on the ground. He knew what he was doing,” Pollard said of Brady’s slide, according to CSN Baltimore. “It has to go both ways. Hopefully the NFL will do something about it.
“If you want to keep this going in the right direction, everyone should be penalized for their actions,” Pollard also said, according to ESPN.
Pollard may get his wish. ESPN’s Ed Werder reported Tuesday that the NFL is reviewing the play “for possible discipline.”
Pollard’s no fan favorite in New England, as he is of course the player who dived headfirst into Brady’s knee in Week 1 of the 2008 season, keeping Brady off the field for a year. He also was credited with the tackle when Wes Welker blew out his knee in Week 17 of the 2009 season, and he rolled onto Rob Gronkowski’s ankle during last year’s AFC Championship Game while tackling the tight end, leaving Gronkowski severely hobbled two weeks later against the Giants.
Pollard was penalized during Sunday’s game for unnecessary roughness for a hit on a defenseless Welker.
Last year, after the Ravens were eliminated by the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Pollard said he hoped the Giants “put a thrashing on the Patriots” and didn’t mind being labeled a “Patriot killer.”
“Oh man that is fine and dandy,” he told KILT in Houston. Like I said to a lot of people it is part of the game and this is what happens. If you don’t like it? So what. I am going to go out there and I am going to play me.”
Pollard also told Houston sports radio in May that if a quarterback tries to get involved in a tackle when the defense is returning an interception, he’d specifically look for the quarterback to try to lay a hit.
“If a quarterback throws an interception, [he better] get his butt down or you need to run to the sideline,” Pollard said. “Because if you go and try to make a tackle, I’m looking for you. I promise you I’m going to look for you. … You can’t take this away from the game. It’s a physical sport.”
Was the slide intentional? Watch the play here and decide for yourself.