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Three brawls broke out in the National Football League this Sunday.  The first occurred after Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston poked Marshon Lattimore’s helmet after a play.  This resulted in Lattimore throwing a punch, which led to Buccaneers player Mike Evans laying a hit on Lattimore.  The referees in this game were lenient with their punishments, only giving an unnecessary roughness penalty to Evans.

The second fight occurred during the Cincinnati Bengals game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey shoved Bengals receiver A.J. Green, to which he responded by putting Ramsey in a headlock, throwing him to the ground, and throwing some punches.  The officiating crew was more strict in this game, ejecting both Green and Ramsey, according to ESPN.

A.J. Green later apologized for his part in the fight, but admitted that he drew the line at the shove.  Ramsey’s ejections raised eyes at first, due to the fact that a mere shove would not usually result in an ejection.  However, head referee Brad Allen said he was ejected for  his role as the instigator of the conflict.

The third and final scuffle happened in the fourth quarter of a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals.  Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard took a late hit as he was sliding, and his teammates came to protect him.  Frostee Rucker knocked down 49ers running back Carlos Hyde which escalated the hostilities. Haason Reddick was also ejected during the dustup, according to The Washington Post.

Despite the ejection for Hyde, 49ers management was pleased with him sticking up for his teammate. Head coach Kyle Shanahan told the San Francisco Chronicle “I really loved how he went and got our quarterback’s back,” according to NBC Sports.

As for the fighters, only Mike Evans was suspended for the next game according to the Washington Post. Many speculate that this could be due to the fact that he was not ejected from the game, unlike Green, Ramsey, Hyde, Rucker, and Reddick. Additionally, each player was fined for their involvement.

Many fans feel as though the players, specifically A.J. Green, deserved a harsher penalty.


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