Unless you were a Patriots fan or a self-loathing Dolphins supporter, you probably missed the live showing of Channing Crowder and Matt Light offering their interpretation of the Pacman-bodyguard hotel bathroom cat fight. You've no doubt seen the replay, although it's still not clear what precipitated the whole thing.
"He was doing a good job, drilling [Chowder] right in the head," Mankins said of Light, "so kudos to Matt." ...
[As to why the fight happened:] "Any time you have a team with the guy 55 (Joey Porter), he just won't shut up the entire game," Mankins said. "Then I think some of the other guys are starting to play the way he does."
Mankins also figures that Light won't face a suspension, just a fine. While whaling away on a dude not wearing a helmet might seem like an offense worth of a little time away from the game, as Mankins rightly points out, a precedent has been set. A few weeks ago, John Henderson actually tried to remove Andrew Whitworth's eyeballs and all it cost him was $15,000.
Whatever your thoughts on hair-pulling and its place in fighting, I think we can all agree that eye-gouging is much, much worse. But again, we're talking about the NFL, where no punishment is too arbitrary.
"A few weeks ago, I think it was with Cincinnati and Jacksonville, they were throwing punches and no one got suspended," Mankins said "You never know what the commissioner's going to do, but based on that, I don't think it would be right to suspend Matt."
Exactly. Which is why Light could receive anything from a $500 fine to a lifetime ban.
Teammate Explains Why Matt Light Lost It, Pulled Channing Crowder's Hair: Joey Porter originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:35:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.