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NFL Exec Channels Inner Jackie Chiles When Describing New Policy On Illegal Hits

During an appearance on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” program Tuesday, NFL football operations executive Ray Anderson stressed that beginning this week, the league intends to hold players accountable for illegal hits to the head and neck. When doing so, Anderson’s quote, which pretty much happens whenever anyone says anything about anything, reminded me of something from Seinfeld. It truly is a sickness, people.

In this case, Anderson’s use of the word “egregious” on more than one occasion caused me to think of attorney Jackie Chiles. To wit (via ESPN Boston):

“I don’t know where the word devastating came from. That’s not my word,” he said Tuesday. “What I would tell you is that if there are flagrant and egregious violations of our current rules, we will be enforcing, effective immediately, discipline at a higher level.”

On Monday, Anderson said “We’ve got to get the message to players that these devastating hits and head shots will be met with a very necessary higher standard of accountability. We have to dispel the notion that you get one free pass in these egregious or flagrant shots.”

Egregious? Not only that, these shots are outrageous, preposterous. Lewd, lascivious, salacious, even. In fact, one could even argue that given the NFL’s presumed new policy of suspending players as opposed to fining them, the league has realized that cashing in on a player’s wretched mental disfigurement is no longer beneficial. Instead, when considering whether or not a brutal shot to the head of a defenseless player warrants a suspension, the dazed look on the player’s face is the NFL’s case.

Alright, I’m done here.

Official: Players to be held responsible [ESPN Boston]