Nick Sorenson: Saints Were Eye Gouging, Crotch Grabbing
In a year full of surprises and a lack of truly dominant teams, one of the biggest shockers of week seven was the Cleveland Browns hammering the New Orleans Saints on the road 30-17. Nothing compares to Oakland’s butt-whopping in Denver, but Cleveland’s road win is close. The Saints were so stunned and upset over their poor showing that they did anything possible to try and swing things back in there favor.
Some Browns players told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the Saints were playing dirty, gouging eyes and grabbing balls. “They were gouging my eye and ripping into my face. It was dirty, but that’s just what happens,” safety Nick Sorenson said after the win
Sorenson wasn’t the only guy subjected to dirty play — receiver Josh Cribbs said “They were grabbing my crotch.”
That raises our season total of Browns nut grabs to two, at least of which we know. I actually saw the play about which Sorenson is complaining. He jumped in to recover a second quarter fumble by Pierson Prioleau on a kickoff and a Saints player jumped on top of him, reaching for Sorenson’s face. Eye gouging seemed to be the least of what was done, so these weren’t just accusations — they’re facts. Thanks to Pro Football Talk for pointing out the story.