May 23, 2024
Dre Greenlaw

During Monday Night Football, 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw was caught on ESPN’s cameras seemingly kneeling Viking center Garrett Bradbury in the midst of the play. This controversial move didn’t slip past Twitter fans, who swiftly labeled it as a questionable and “dirty” play.

Kirk Cousins and Jordan Addison teamed up for two touchdowns in the first half, and an uphill battle night to the 49ers, giving up plenty of yards in Monday’s 22-17 setback. It’s only 49ers second time losing two games. Last week, they lost a close one, 19-17, to the Browns, and now they’re gearing up to play against Cincinnati this Sunday.

Dre Greenlaw faces severe criticism

Protective end and the 2022 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Nick Bosa, gave some sage advice. “The NFL will humble you every step of the way,” he claimed. “Getting off to a 5-0 and start, you kind of get that confidence that we are who we need to be. But the NFL does that. It’s good players, good schemes, and we’re going to face another good team this week, so we got to be ready.”

Some were astounded that Greenlaw wasn’t called for a penalty with the ref looking straight at him, while others wondered if he could face punishment from the NFL. The NFL has taken action against players for dirty plays before, and this one could definitely end up getting a look from the league office. Greenlaw put his team in jeopardy with that stunt, and he is lucky the referee didn’t penalize him.

NFL’s Complex Legacy

It’s crucial to consider that a player has already been accused of dirty conduct in the NFL. In the past, players have been known for their dirty play, including punches to the stomach and knees to the groin. In 2016, Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem at the start of NFL games in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States.

This received highly polarized reactions, with some praising him and his stand against racism and others denouncing the protest. In 2017, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell claimed he inadvertently fell into Alex Smith’s legs on a play that looked dirty. Dre Greenlaw faced severe criticism after appearing to intentionally kneel on Vikings player Garrett Bradbury.

As we look ahead to what the NFL season holds, one thing remains certain: the drama, the intensity, and the unexpected incidents will continue to fascinate fans and keep us all on the edge of our seats. Whether it’s a dirty play or a remarkable touchdown, the NFL knows how to keep us coming back for more.

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