In this addition of flag football weekly, we discuss the league’s still rampant problem with players trying to ‘tackle’ other players. Most specifically, the disturbing trend of them attempting to tackle quarterbacks. Now, everyone knows that’s not allowed in the NFL, and yet players continue to attempt it.
The latest disgusting display of uncivilized tackle football comes from Johnathan Hankins who went and took Chargers quarterback Rivers all the way to the ground. For that assault, he got off lightly, receiving just a $20,054 fine.
It infuriates me to think there may have been children watching this. And I understand if you saw it the first time and wish to not be subjected to the horror again, so fair warning I will now show the tackle.
DE Shilique Calhoun (91) @Shilique89 beats RT with inside move, gets to Rivers for the sack. DT Johnathan Hankins (90) @BigTimeHank is there to clean the play up but unfortunately the refs decided this was roughing the passer. #Raiders #All22 #Raidernation pic.twitter.com/zIjYg7NiuV— Ryan Holmes (@Rholm22) November 13, 2018
As you can see, it’s Shilique Calhoun who gets there first and probably would have gotten the flag for roughing the passer had he taken Rivers down himself without Hankins getting there too. So, Calhoun dodged a bullet on that one.
Hankins should be thankful he only received a fine of what amounts to half of most people’s annual salary and he is not sitting a jail cel right now. I mean, what was he thinking tackling the quarterback? I believe Rivers has grounds to bring up assault charges on him, but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. I fear these players will just never learn.