It pays to think before you speak.
NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger has been suspended after he suggested that the Philadelphia Eagles issue a bounty on Cowboys' running back Ezekiel Elliott
This is what Baldinger said on 97.5 Fanatic last Friday:
They've got this running back, Ezekiel Elliott, the fourth pick in the draft. He shows up at the draft in New York. He's got a belly shirt on, tuxedo collar, just arrogance. Just screams arrogance. He's got this powder blue shirt. He's got 703 yards. He leads the league in rushing. Everybody talks about how good the offensive line is. He's the difference maker.And it just bugs me. If I'm (Eagles defensive coordinator) Jim Schwartz right now, I'm putting a picture of Ezekiel Elliott in that belly shirt from the draft up there. This is the guy that right now, the Cowboys are making their bell cow. He's the leader, he's what makes it go. The quarterback has been good, but this is the guy. It's the running game, it's the time of possession.
And I just want you guys to have the same amount of ... I want you guys to be irked the way I am. I want you to go to bed tonight thinking about this guy, and how pretty he is, and how good he is, because all these backs are the same. They're all pretty, and they're all special, and they do all these commercials until they just get tattooed.Until you just pound them into the turf. Until you just drill 'em. Until their head hurts. So that bumblebee is flying around inside their helmet, so he just didn't know how hard he just got blasted.
... This is the guy that we've gotta hurt. This is the guy we gotta take out of the game. There's gotta be 10 guys that want to hurt him every single play. In fact, we may even put a little bounty on Ezekiel Elliott. Let's get to Alfred Morris.
The statement is ridiculous to say the least, considering the stiff punishments the NFL's head office has instituted for the application on bounties.
The New Orleans Saints were heavily fined and forfeited draft picks after the league conducted a thorough investigation into suggestions the Saints held a bounty system in 2009.
Baldinger, a former offensive lineman, was an NFL player for 13 years, and was a member of both the Cowboys and Eagles. He has been a broadcaster since 1997, but he could have used much better judgement in this case.
These kind of comments have no place.
Source: NFL Network · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press