A lot of people think that football player are out of control and that they are accountable for injuring other players on purpose. Others feel that football players have the same rights as any other person, and they should have the ability to defend themselves. So what’s the real story? Can a football player hold accountable for injuring another player intentionally? Is it ever okay to injure another player on purpose? Read on to find out!

The Mistake

There is no excuse for intentionally injuring another athlete. The only thing that should in play are tactics design to win, not put someone out of action (no matter how satisfying that may be at that moment). Although fighting between players is often condon and even celebrate, there is no honor in taking someone out of action, especially with an injury they’ll carry with them after they’ve retired from sports. It’s call getting dirty or cheap points, and it’s illegal by definition. And if you’re going to talk about Cricgator or fair play, then you need to go back to check what year you think we’re living in.

The Penalty

The idea of a penalty in professional sports is often controversial. After all, when two people have gathered at their local park or field to play

what is basically recreation, there’s no money at stake. All those involved are likely playing purely out of enjoyment and for fun. 

On top of that, these games usually take place among close friends

or families that just want to enjoy each other’s company through physical activity. So even if one person intentionally injures someone else, shouldn’t all foul play forgive? And how far should we go with penalizing players who were clearly not intending harm?

The Apology

It’s hard to believe that we’re still talking about Pat McAfee’s apology video. But here we are, months after he destroyed his relationship with Colts fans forever. And I have one major question: what was so bad about his apology video? It was heartfelt and said everything that needed to be said. He addressed all of his mistakes and moved on from them as best he could. 

What else does anyone want from him? While other players issue terse, half-hearted apologies, McAfee gave an incredibly genuine statement about what happened and why he was sorry for it. He made jokes and had a good time in doing so but managed not to come off as arrogant or self-absorbed.

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What should the punishment be?

The NFL rulebook states that tackles made with all or most of [the] player’s weight can result in fines, suspensions, and ejections. While some may believe that it’s too late to make such drastic changes to tackle protocol, I disagree. Furthermore, I don’t think kicking someone out of a game is a strong enough action – I would go as far as saying that anyone who intentionally injures another player should be banned from playing again. Intentionally injuring someone isn’t just poor sportsmanship – people get seriously hurt by these attacks, oftentimes risking paralysis or death. Anyone who is willing to put their peers in danger like that doesn’t deserve to play professional football.

Lessons learned (injuries are sometimes inevitable)

Whether you’re playing in grade school, high school, college, or professionally, injuries are always a risk. I wish there was an easy answer that made everyone happy but unfortunately, that’s not realistic. When a player is injured on-field and then re-injured off-field via intentional acts of violence by other players, you have to ask yourself what kind of consequences should be imposed upon those committing violent acts like these. 

Are they trying to teach someone else a lesson? If so, do they deserve punishment (long term) or even banishment from sports completely if necessary? I don’t know… these are all things we should debate publicly and strive to learn from as much as possible no matter what your stance is.