Aaron Donald is widely considered to be the best defensive player in the National Football League. After an outstanding career at the University of Pittsburgh, Donald took the Rams and NFL by storm and became every quarterback’s nightmare. That doesn’t make him immune to the rules of the game, though. At least, it’s not supposed to.
Barstool Sports posted a video of a peculiar play from the Rams week 12 matchup against the Green Bay Packers. They pointed out the hypocrisy of the league throwing out flags for taunting and other violations, while missing plays that directly affect player safety. On this particular play, Donald appears to put a full one-handed choke on Packers guard Lucas Patrick.
The play should’ve been an obvious personal foul. Donald very obviously has his hand around the neck of Patrick. He applies force directly into the throat. This is undoubtedly a dangerous play.
As the video shows, there was a referee in the direct vicinity. Still, no flag was thrown on the play. What should’ve resulted in a first down for Green Bay, but instead the Packers were forced to punt. It may have been the turning point if the Rams mounted a comeback.
Instead, it ultimately didn’t matter. The Packers held on and got the 36-28 victory. It’s still shocking that a flag wasn’t thrown with a referee right there. He even broke up the play. Eventually, this kind of lapse in competent officiating is going to cost a team a key game.
Aaron Donald has tallied 6 sacks so far this year. His career total is approaching 100. He’s likely on his way to the Hall of Fame. None of this should be relevant on a play like this. The NFL should be ashamed for letting a play like this happen with no penalty, and eventually it’s going to come back to haunt the league.
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