And we've got.....CONTROVERSY. OK, not really, but there is a little chatter. New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason suffered a concussion on Sunday when Carlos Hyde went helmet-to-helmet on him. It was a brutal hit on a tough run from Hyde, and seemed pretty simple.
However, a few days later, Beason is blaming Alex Boone for the concussion. He blamed a Boone shove, calling it a cowardly move. Big Blue View has the full quotation, but here is a notable part. Read the rest at BBV:
"I can honestly say that if I hadn't gotten pushed in the back, I wouldn't have been concussed. It's unfortunate when another player, Alex Boone to be exact, can reach out, grab you from behind, and then deliberately push you in the back. It's hard enough to stay healthy in this league. I think it was a cowardly move, didn't show any sportsmanship, no regard for another player, their career. It could have been a lot worse. So it is what it is. I never saw (Carlos) Hyde because I was too busy trying to keep my balance from being pushed from behind.
The folks at BBV found some video on Twitter, and you can give it a look:
Here are two angles of #Giants MLB Jon Beason getting pushed in the back by 49ers OG Alex Boone + into Carlos Hyde. pic.twitter.com/zdmYNsQQKo— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) October 16, 2015
I asked James to grab some GIFs of different angles, so we can look at that as well. Here are three angles.
There is no doubt that Boone gives Beason a shove. And it is possible that shove did force Beason off-balance, and head down. But would you really call it cowardly? I certainly don't blame Beason for being pissed off, but this just strikes me as Boone trying to block Beason out of the way. In fact, I actually think Boone thought Hyde was cutting outside, and thus he was attempting to push Beason in. Instead, Hyde cuts back inside a little bit, and drills Beason.
What do you think? And actually, wouldn't that be an illegal block in the back by Boone?
Fooch's update - Alex Boone and Jim Tomsula both commented on the issue:
Said Boone later in the day: "I'm sorry he feels that way. I've never thought of myself as a dirty player, intentionally trying to hurt anybody."
Boone said he he didn't hear anything from Giants players during or after the game, and he wished Beason had contacted him directly. "He said he's not going to reach out to me; that's a shame," he said. "If I had a grievance with somebody I'm sure I'd call them to tell them. But everybody's different."
There seemed to be some, speaking of sore, sore feelings out of the Giants about the play in which New York Giants LB Jon Beason sustained a concussion. Remember when he collided with Carlos Hyde?
"Oh, I remember the play. I was standing there."
He seems to think that he got pushed in the back by G/T Alex Boone and that's what caused the concussion. Do you, I know I'm asking about a specific play, but what's your recollection of that play?
"I didn't, I don't know what you're talking. I mean, I don't know whose hard feelings. I mean, nobody wanted Beason to get hurt. I don't know where you're going."
He says that Boone pushed him in the back into Hyde, which is what caused the concussion.
"I don't, no, I don't recollect that. Quite frankly, you're catching me a little off guard there. I don't know. No, I don't think so, I mean we were blocking, tackling and running."