What do you guys think?
I personally don't think the NFL should punish him much more than not allowing him to play the rest of this season and fining him. There is a possibility he may be suspended for the first few games of next season.
The reason I don't think he should be punished as severely as in most player/official altercations is as follows:
1.) First he didn't punch or head-butt the ref. He shoved him. I realize it is unacceptable, but not on the worst end of altercations with game officials.
2.) He was not attacking the ref for a call he made or a call he failed to make. His altercation was the result of an injury sustained from the actions of the ref. I feel that the situation was not truly a "player/referee" altercation in the truest sense. It was more of an angry reaction to pain. Had he been a camera man, another player, a coach, or a fan, I believe his reaction would've been the same. I just don't think he was attacking a "ref". I feel he was shoving a guy who had just done serious damage to his eyeball.
I realize that there has to be some boundary between player and official. And I realize that the league needs to punish Brown to keep this sort of thing from happening again. I just believe that this situation is very rare special situation, and should be dealt with accordingly.
Oh, and by the way, I have officiated games in Softball, Basketball, and Flag Football.
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