49ers’ Anthony Davis Latest Victim of Shaun Smith Ball Grabbing

After last weekend’s NFL games, an interesting little story emerged when Browns center Alex Mack informed the public that Chiefs defensive end Shaun Smith grabbed his package during a game.  Mack understandably retaliated and drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty from the officials after the play.

One week later, San Francisco 49ers tackle Anthony Davis drew the exact same penalty after retaliating when Smith pulled the exact same stunt and grabbed his genitals, according to Davis.  The penalty on Mack a week ago led to a missed field goal for the Browns.  The penalty to Davis on Sunday created a second-and-22 for the Niners after they had just converted a first down.

“He tried to feel me,” Davis said. “That’s weird, right?”

While the penalty may have been costly for San Francisco at the time, Niners coach Mike Singletary seemed understanding of the reaction from Davis. “I think he got hit inappropriately,” Singletary said. “After a while, there’s only so much you can take. He (Davis) was wrong for retaliating and he knows that.”

It’s obvious this little perverted tactic Smith has developed can help his team and be costly for the opposition, but it’s completely out of line.  You can’t expect a guy to allow someone to grab a handful of his man zone and not do anything about it.  The NFL should strongly consider looking into it and slapping Smith with a fine if they determine he’s made a habit of grabbing balls on the gridiron.

Browns’ Alex Mack Says Chiefs’ Shaun Smith Grabbed His Junk

We all know dirty play is commonplace in the NFL.  Players try to get any little advantage they can by throwing cheap shots during plays and after the whistle.  Most of the shots go unnoticed by the official, so we never hear about it.  However, I must admit I didn’t know things got that dirty.

Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, via Pro Football Talk, that Chiefs’ defensive lineman Shaun Smith grabbed his genitals during a play near the end of the first half of Sunday’s game.  The refs apparently missed it, but they flagged a fired-up Mack for unnecessary roughness shortly thereafter.  The penalty on Mack led to a missed field goal and the Browns went on to lose by two points.

“I don’t think he should be able to do that,” Mack said of the alleged dirty play.  “I’m still fired up about it.”

I’m not sure what’s worse — grabbing a guy’s balls during a play or gouging at someone’s eyes while they’re down.

Smith, on the other hand, responded to the accusation exactly the way you might expect.  “I don’t have no comment,” he said. “I don’t recall doing anything like that. I’m not known for being a dirty player or anything like that, so I don’t know what that was all about.”

Now, children.  Let’s try to play nice and keep your little boys out of it.

Shaun Smith Confirms Chad Johnson Punched Marvin Lewis

Browns defensive tackle Shaun Smith was at the Central Maryland Browns Backers banquet recently and spoke at length. Amongst other things, Smith discussed his time with the Bengals, for whom he had two stints, one in ’04, and the other from ’05’-’06. Smith offered a lot of insight including why the Patriots have been so successful, why young quarterbacks so often fail, who will get a big contract from the Bengals, and most notably, what happened at halftime of the Steelers/Bengals playoff game in ’05 between Chad Johnson and Marvin Lewis. Go to the 5:30 mark or so to watch, or you can continue reading this entry where I’ve loosely transcribed Smith’s comments:

Continue reading to see Smith’s description of the incident between Marvin and Chad, as well as Smith’s thoughts on the Patriots’ success, young QBs, Brady Quinn, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

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