The only way to describe what Adam "Pac Man" Jones did to Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper is assault. Jones took Cooper to the ground, sat on his chest, ripped his helmet off, and grabbed Cooper's head and smashed it against Cooper's own helmet. Yet, somehow Pac Man Jones was not ejected for it. And the unnecessary roughness penalty was offset so Jones and the Bengals went completely unpunished for the foul in game play.
In case you haven't seen it, here's is the vine video of it:
Immediately following the game, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said all the right things to as to avoid any kind of fine. He also wanted to get a better look at the tape. A day later, he was far more certain about his feelings on the incident as well as a greater sense of disbelief the officials failed to eject Jones from the game, which is protocol for making contact with a helmetless player, especially after the whistle.
"It was clearly way over the line," Del Rio said of Pac Man's actions. "I understand why our offensive linemen went down there and took issue with it. I respect that. I really don't understand how that was missed and I will certainly report that and inquire as to how something like that could be missed with so many eyes on the situation. It was right there at the end of the play and clearly a part of the end of the play. Coop just did a great job blocking. I think the guy got frustrated because Coop just did a great job blocking downfield. Unfortunate to see that kind of thing go on in our game and hopefully the right thing is done there."
The reports today are that Jones will not be suspended a game for his actions either. That is also protocol in the instances which reveal a player should have been ejected from a game but was not. It looks like Jones will escape with only a fine. Del Rio is waiting on an official word.
"I haven't heard what it's going to be," Del Rio continued. "All I know is we note the fact that it wasn't appropriate. The people that make those decisions can handle that. I'll let them worry about it."
In a league that puts so much emphasis on player safety, most notably with regard to blows to the head, electing not to act appropriately in a clear case that warrants a suspension. I think we are all as befuddled by this as Del Rio is at this glaring oversight.