Last week, Bernard Pollard was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty, and he later expressed his displeasure with the officials for making the call.
Yesterday, Pollard was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. After the game, Pollard again expressed his frustration with the officiating crew.
The penalty on Pollard, which was whistled yesterday, came in the second quarter after the Ravens’ safety helped bring down Cardinals tight end Jeff King along the sideline. Pollard stood over King as the tight end tried to get up, prompting the yellow laundry to fly into the air.
“He said I taunted the guy, I guess he said I stood over him too long after I hit him,” Pollard said. “I’m happy anytime I hit somebody, anytime I can do something for the team. We get excited for that. And if you want to tell me don’t get excited, no, no, no. I’m going to get excited because that’s what we have to do. Like I said, this is a game of emotion, and they can’t take that from us, and they’re trying to. There has to be a happy medium.
“It’s getting ridiculous. I really do, I think it’s getting ridiculous. But the ref made a call, that’s what he went with. He threw the flag. We weren’t happy about it, but at the end of the day, we kept playing.”
Pollard clearly still harbors some frustration from the unnecessary roughness penalty he received last week on what appeared to be a clean hit on Jaguars running back Deji Karim. It didn’t take much questioning yesterday after the game to get Pollard going.
“This is our life, and for the refs to try and shut us down and make it ‘Let’s play nice’ - no, this ain’t nice-nice because at the end of the day, that man’s trying to take my manhood,” Pollard said. “He’s trying to stop my work. He can’t stop my work. I’ve got a family to feed. We’re all blessed, and I thank God every day for the opportunity. But there has to be a happy medium.
“I think the NFL has to look at that, because they’re trying to take away from this game. We can’t make this an offensive game, because you’re taking the defense out of it. You might as well take the defense off the field and let them go scrimmage their 11 against air.”
The Ravens were penalized for another taunting play in the fourth quarter with the score tied at 27-27. Running back Ray Rice did a complete 360 spin to get out of a tackle and put a couple sharp moves on Cardinals defenders before being brought down for a seven-yard gain. Rice the flexed his muscles and shouted, which inexplicably drew a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The penalty was one of the more ridiculous ones I can remember seeing recently, and it was costly, as well. Instead of facing a second-and-3, the Ravens were put in a second-and-17, and their attempt at a go-ahead score was quickly thwarted.
Overall, the Ravens were flagged 11 times for 99 yards yesterday.
“I think (the officials) just don’t like us,” Pollard said. “I told the ref after he threw the flag, ‘This is a high-energy game, this is a contact sport. We’re allowed to have fun and you’re trying to take the fun out of the game.”
Meanwhile, Pollard said he has appealed the $10,000 fine that he received as a result of his hit on Karim last Monday, and he believes he has a case to get the fine repealed.
“Yeah, we already appealed it,” Pollard said. “It shows that something wasn’t right because they fined me $10,000 instead of $40,000 or $50,000. They’re trying to sugarcoat it and I’m not going to let them sugarcoat it.”