Opinion: Petition to "Suspend and Fine Jadeveon Clowney" Makes Us Look Like the Saints Fans we Criticized Last Year
This was inevitable.
Somebody started a change.org petition asking the NFL to suspend and fine Jadeveon Clowney for the cheap hit he put on Carson Wentz, knocking him out of Sunday’s playoff game.
As of publication, the petition had a little more than 5,000 signatures and was growing by the minute:
Couple of thoughts:
- The NFL isn’t going to do anything. There really isn’t anything for them to do. The incident took place four days ago and the officials missed the call.
- Even if they did throw a flag, Carson Wentz would still have been knocked out of the game. Philly would have taken the 15-yard penalty and Josh McCown would be in the game.
- We all made fun of Saints fans last year for their nonstop complaints about the pass interference no call. It’s one thing for us to moan about this in casual conversation, in writing, and on sports radio, but it when it turns into petitions and lawsuits and things of that nature, that’s when you get into “this is pointless” territory.
- Even when the NFL changed the pass interference rules after all of the NOLA complaining, they failed to reverse pretty much every PI call that was reviewed this year. So even when they do budge, they really actually don’t.
And look, I think Eagles fans are certainly justified in being annoyed with a cheap hit that knocked a franchise quarterback out of a playoff game. If we flipped the script and Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers was on the receiving end of the Clowney hit, Boston and Green Bay fans would be equally incensed. But there’s a line to be drawn, and when we get into petitions and lawsuits and public demonstrations and whatever, then it just makes us look a little naive. It makes us look exactly like the Saints fans that we told to “get over it” this time last year.
We just have to take a step back and accept the fact that we got dicked over. It happens, unfortunately.