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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix avoids ejection after targeting call overturned (GIF)

Alabama junior defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was allowed to remain in the game on Saturday against Texas A&M after referees reviewed a play and overturned a controversial targeting call during the second quarter.

Referees initially ruled that Clinton-Dix targeted A&M wide receiver Derel Walker on a pass down the sidelines on first and 10. The targeting penalty is new to college football this season, and it calls for an automatic ejection. However, the referees reviewed the call and determined Clinton-Dix did not target Walker. They reversed the call and allowed Clinton-Dix to remain in the game, though he was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul. A&M still went 3 and out after that and punted, who drove 93 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-14.

It’s pretty clear that Clinton-Dix was going for the ball and not targeting Walker, which is why he was allowed to remain in the game:

Ha Ha Clinton Dix targeting

GIF via The Big Lead

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