Oct 13, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers center Jonathan Goodwin (59) during the fourth quarter in a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park. San Francisco 49ers won 32-20. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Niners Alex Boone Kicked In Face By Cardinals Alameda Ta’amu

I never condone actions like the one Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu took on Sunday afternoon, kicking San Francisco 49′ers offensive lineman Alex Boone in the face as he was getting up from the ground.  However after knowing the previous actions of Boone prior to that play, it is understandable why Ta’amu would appear to intentionally go to such extremes.

Ta’amu stuck his foot inside the facemask of Boone and then Boone went to the sideline to cry about it.  Funny thing is, he wasn’t off to the sideline worrying about himself when he was taking a swipe at Ta’amu prior to the kick in the face.  He also had a personal foul on Cards safety Tyrann Mathieu later in the game.  Yeah, Boone isn’t so innocent.

My feeling is if you think you are a big enough man to dole it out, you should be able to be man enough to take it too.  This isn’t just about Boone but everyone who cries and screams anytime something happens to them.  Not many are innocent.  Not in the NFL.  It’s always the second guy that will get caught.  It’s amazing how the first action is almost never caught.  If Boone maybe took the time to realize he had it coming, he wouldn’t need to be calmed down by his teammates on the sidelines.  Suck it up Boone.

This doesn’t of course exonerate Ta’amu either though.  He needs to be smarter than the guy before him.  He needs to know when a player is trying to instigate something.  If he punches you, if he kicks you, whatever, be smart.  Beat him during the play, not between them.

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  • Sean McConnell

    Well said.

  • loverpoint

    Do you mind if I come over and step on your face? Probably not, and I’m sure if I did you would try and retaliate.

    I wonder if your words of wisdom about settling these disputes in the trenches also applies to Alameda Ta’amu. There is nothing more cowardly than kicking a person on the ground.

    Ta’amu now joins the ranks of Nndamukong Suh as a cowardly cheap shot artist.

  • Denearo

    I’m thinking half the reason players take cheap shots is hoping for a retaliation that gets flagged. I believe those are called “veteran plays”.

    If the league wants to clean up plays, they’ll look to fine the initiators using video footage. Otherwise we’ll keep seeing cheap shots around the league. Doesn’t matter to me, as long as our team doesn’t get flagged for it.

  • REB

    Boone was more then man enough when it counted, blowing Ta’amu off the line and “meat grinding” the whole Arizona offense during that 18 play drive that won the game. Ta’amu & Tyrann’s behavior WILL get a fine from the league because they were bush league. I guess they didn’t like getting trucked, lol.