Or maybe T.J. Lang is just a forgiving guy.
If you missed the play, watch it below. It doesn’t help Robison’s cause that he did it right in front of a referee.
“It was in the sweet spot,” Lang said immediately after the game. “In my opinion, it was a pretty cowardly move. I didn’t do anything dirty to the guy. I don’t know what he was upset about. He decided to kick me in right in the groin. You never want to see that in a football game. I’m just proud of the way I responded. I didn’t throw any punches. It was really hard for me.”
“We’re on the field, we hate each other,” Robison said after the game. “It’s one of those things that we get after it, it gets chippy. There’s some talking going on. There’s some pushing going on. That’s kind of the way you want it sometimes.”
Robison changed his tune Sunday night, issuing an apology to Lang, the Vikings and their fans, and the NFL on Twitter (where all apologies come these days).
Lang reported via Twitter on Sunday night that his organs were still in tact and went on to accept Robison’s apology.
Glad to report my genitalia are in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery!
All joking aside I think @Brian_Robison is a heck of a player.. just caught up in the emotion of the game.. apology accepted
Now, with everyone’s feelings all sorted out, all that remains is to see how hefty a fine Robison will earn from Roger Goodell. Robison is expecting a number north of $10,000, and if he’ll be lucky if it’s not significantly more than that and doesn’t include a suspension.
For comparison’s sake, Miami DT Micanor Regis was hit with a one-game suspension for punching North Carolina receiver Dwight Jones below the belt two weeks ago (video here). But Regis doesn’t get a fat paycheck (that we know of...) and Robison ought to know better.
(H/T Pro Football Talk)